Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler Infection Lawsuits
The Stöckert 3T heater-cooler system is facing increased scrutiny after federal regulators reported the possibility of device contamination. Designed to control a patient’s blood temperature during cardiac surgery, the Stöckert 3T heater-cooler system is used in nearly 150,000 bypass surgeries in the U.S. each year. Contamination of the device could result in nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections in some patients, potentially leading to severe or fatal health complications.
If you or someone you love suffered from an NTM infection or bacterial contamination after any type of cardiac surgery, the defective medical device attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers want to talk to you. We have years of experience dealing with defective medical device cases, and we’ll fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today by calling (800) 477-7510 or by filling out our free initial consultation form.
NTM Infections Linked to 3T Heater-Cooler
The 3T heater-cooler has been linked to nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections, which puts patients at risk of life-threatening medical complications. NTM infections may lie dormant for between two weeks to four years before presenting symptoms. These infections, which can appear as pulmonary disease, may also affect skin, soft tissues, and the lymphatic system.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 60% of the 250,000 heart bypass surgeries performed in the U.S. each year use affected 3T heater-cooler systems. At hospitals where one or more 3T-related infections were reported, the CDC indicates patients face a risk of infection between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1,000 patients.
FDA Warns of 3T Heater-Cooler Infections
In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication indicating over 30 reports of 3T-related infections in heart surgery patients between 2010 and 2015. In 2016, federal regulators determined these infections were linked to water contamination in the tanks of 3T heater-cooler systems. Contaminated water within the system can be released into the air, which puts cardiac surgery patients at serious risk of NTM infection.
The FDA has suggested hospitals with reported infections stop using 3T heater-cooler devices.
Our Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler Attorneys Want to Help
If you or someone you love suffered from an NTM infection or bacterial contamination after open heart surgery, valve replacement, or other cardiac surgery, contact us today. At Norris Injury Lawyers, we have more than 40 years of experience helping injury victims get the compensation they deserve. Let us help you with your case. Give us a call at (800) 477-7510 or fill out or free initial consultation form to get started now.
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.