More than 250,000 heart bypass surgeries are performed annually in the U.S. using heater-cooler devices. Approximately 60 percent of those procedures are done with the Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler Device manufactured by LivaNova PLC.
Heater Cooler devices circulate water to raise and lower a patient’s body temperature as needed during bypass surgeries, valve replacements and heart transplant procedures utilizing a closed water circuit. Unfortunately, the commonly used Sorin 3T heater coolers and possibly similar heater cooler devices have been tied to the exposure of countless Americans to potentially deadly infections.
What is my Risk?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have warned that the Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler Device and other such devices are associated with infecting patients with Non-Tuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM). This slow-growing bacterium is commonly found in soil and water and generally only poses a health concern to patients who are recovering from surgery and immuno-compromised situations.
According to the CDC, recent reports have shown an association between NTM contaminated water in the heater-cooler devices and the infection of patients undergoing cardiac surgery potentially through the aerosolization of bacteria through the units exhaust fans. Once in the air, the bacteria can land in the open chest cavity causing infection that may not develop until months after surgery. The FDA says similar heater cooler devices made by other manufacturers share design features that may lead to contamination issues as well.
While hospitals work diligently to protect current patients, they are also in the process of notifying past patients that may have been exposed to life-threatening bacteria during their cardiac procedures. Hundreds of thousands of patients have potentially been exposed to the NTM bacteria due to the defective heater cooler medical device according a recent article by Kaiser Health News.
The official CDC health advisory outlined the following guidance for patients:
- Symptoms of NTM infection, including mycobacterium chimaera infections, can take many months to appear.
- Symptoms include a persistent and unexplained fever, night sweats, the appearance of redness, heat or pus around the surgical incision, fatigue, weight loss and/or muscle aches.
- It is recommended if cardiac surgery patients have one or more of the outlined symptoms, they should seek medical care.
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How We can Help?
If you or a loved one have had cardiac surgery and have questions about your exposure to Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler or other heater cooler devices, contact Chicago’s Meyers & Flowers.
The Meyers & Flowers team of attorneys has extensive experience litigating for the rights of those harmed by defective medical devices such as the Sorin 3T heater-cooler device.
We have represented thousands and thousands of patients resulting in multi-million and billion dollar settlements as well as numerous jury awards.
Our deep understanding of what it takes to win cases for our clients and their families starts with meticulous preparation for each and every court proceeding and continues each step of the way.
We are fully prepared to litigate a successful Sorin 3T heater-cooler device lawsuit in Chicago as well as throughout the United States.
How We can Help You?
The first step for your or your family is to schedule a no-obligation appointment with one of our lawyers. If you suffered any medical complications due to a bacterial infection during a cardiac procedure using the Sorin 3T heater cooler device or you have questions about your possible exposure, we invite you to explore your rights and the possible compensation due to you.
Sorin 3T clients are not expected to pay any fees to Meyers & Flowers unless we successfully litigate your case. Chicago’s Meyers & Flowers is prepared. We will take on your case as we protect your rights to the fullest extent of the law. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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