Possible Infection From 3T Heater-Cooler Used In Heart Surgeries Has Hospitals Notifying Over 21,000 Patients


3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuits Filed After Alleged Life-Threatening Infection From Contamination Stӧckert 3T Heater-Cooler Device

Heater-Cooler lawsuits Heater-Cooler-Lawsuit -3T-heater-cooler-infection-lawsuitAttorneys in Heater-Cooler lawsuits have learned over 21,000 heart surgery patients may be at risk of a serious infection from contaminated Stӧckert 3T heater-coolers. Wright & Schulte LLC has learned three hospitals and the Mayo Clinic are notifying heart surgery patients after one of the patients developed an infection from a contaminated Heater-Cooler used in their cardiac surgery. The firm believes the number of people involved has a high likelihood of new heater-cooler infection lawsuits being filed against LivaNova PLC, which makes the 3T heater-cooler device. The heater-cooler infection lawsuit filings claim patients were exposed to a rare bacteria called nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM), specifically M. chimaera bacteria (M. chimaera) because a contaminated 3T heater-cooler device was used during their open-chest surgeries.

According to Consumer Reports, the Mayo Clinic plans to notify 17,000 patients nationwide after a heart surgery patient was believed to be infected by a contaminated heater-cooler machine at its St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut said it was urging 3,000 patients who underwent heart surgery between January 1, 2012 to November 17, 2016 and have NTM symptoms to notify the U.S. Centers of Disease Control (CDC), according to NBC Connecticut. In Springfield, Massachusetts, Baystate Hospital said that patients have not acquired the infection but it was still notifying 1,800 cardiac surgery patients that the facility used the Stӧckert 3T device between 2012 and February 2016.

“Alerting patients to the possibility of infection will allow them to seek immediate medical care if they exhibit any NTM symptoms,” says Wright & Schulte.

The firm is currently offering free 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuit evaluations to those who believe they or their loved ones may have sustained a serious infection from a contaminated heater-cooler device. To learn more, please contact Wright & Schulte today by calling 1-800-399-0795 or through our information page and contact form on yourlegalhelp.com.

Heater-cooler devices are used during surgeries involving the heart, lung, and chest to keep patients’ blood and organs at a specific temperature during the procedures, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Heater-cooler devices have tanks that provide temperature-controlled water to external heat exchangers or warming-cooling blankets through closed circuits. Water does not come in direct contact with patients, but contaminated water can enter parts of the device or transmit airborne bacteria through the device’s exhaust vent into the environment and to the patient.

In October, the CDC advised hospitals that used the Stӧckert 3T Heater-Cooler devices to notify patients of their potential exposure to NTM infections. The CDC also urged patients to seek immediate medical attention if they experience symptoms that include:

• Night sweats
• Muscle aches
• Unexplained weight loss
• Unexplained fever
• Fatigue
• Redness, heat, or pus around a surgical incision

According to the CDC, it can take months for infection symptoms to develop.
[cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p1013-contaminated-devices-.html, October 13, 2016]

Court documents show that LivaNova is defending itself against 3T heater-cooler complaints that claim the company manufactured a defective medical device that places patients at risk of serious infections. One lawsuit was recently filed on behalf of an Illinois man who said he developed an NTM infection after a heater-cooler device was using during his heart surgeries in 2011 and 2012. After undergoing aggressive treatment for the infection, the complaint said the plaintiff was diagnosed with antibiotic-induced liver failure in June 2016. (Case No. 4:16-cv-00583, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa)

About Wright & Schulte LLC And Filing A 3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuit

Wright & Schulte LLC, an experienced personal injury firm with experience in representing clients in such cases as 3T heater-cooler lawsuits. The firm is dedicated to the belief that America’s legal system should work for the people. Every day, the attorneys of Wright & Schulte LLC stand up for the rights of people across the country who have been injured by medical devices and defective products. To learn more, please contact the 3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuit Attorneys at Wright & Schulte today by calling 1-800-399-0795 or through yourlegalhelp.com.

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