Designed to control a patient’s blood temperature during cardiac surgery, the Stöckert 3T heater-cooler system is used in around 150,000 open heart surgeries in the United States each year. Despite its widespread use in hospitals, federal regulators have determined the machine’s water circuits may be contaminated, resulting in severe or fatal infection in certain patients, especially in those with a compromised immune system.
Specifically, the 3T heater-cooler is linked to nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections, which can lie dormant for up to four years before causing symptoms. NTM infections can appear as pulmonary disease, but may also affect skin, soft tissues, and the lymphatic system. Patients with known exposure to contaminated machines may face medical monitoring costs and other expenses—even if they aren’t affected by an infection.
Cory Watson Attorneys wants to help if you or a loved one suffered an NTM infection after open heart surgery—even years later. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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FDA Warns of 3T Heater-Cooler Heart Surgery Infections
In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a safety communication indicating more than 30 reports of 3T heater-cooler system-connected infection between 2010 and 2015.
In 2016, a panel of federal regulators determined a link between the 3T systems and infection—water contamination within the tanks of the device. Once contaminated, water within the system can be released into the air as an aerosol vapor, placing cardiac surgery patients at serious risk of complications related to NTM infection.
More Than Half of Heart Bypass Patients May Face Infection Risk
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports around 60% of the 250,000 heart bypass procedures performed in the United States each year involve potentially contaminated 3T heater-cooler systems. According to CDC data, patients who had surgery at a hospital where an infection was reported face an infection risk between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1,000 patients. The FDA has suggested hospitals with reported infections or bacteria contamination stop using 3T devices.
Our Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler Attorneys Want to Help
If you or a loved one suffered an NTM infection after open heart surgery, Cory Watson Attorneys is here to fight for you. Our lawyers serve injury victims nationwide, and we’re not intimidated by big corporations and pharmaceutical companies. Contact us 24/7 to get started with a free, no-obligation case review. Dial (877) 562-0000 or complete our free online form.
This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control; Livanova PLC; Sorin Group; Stöckert; or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.