Heater-Cooler Open Heart Surgery Device Causing Bacterial Infection Injuries

Notice regarding Potentially dangerous infections from Sorin / Stӧckert surgical heating-cooling devices-lawsuits have been filed.

Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP is investigating bacterial infections in open heart surgery patients exposed to the rare Mycobacterium chimaera bacteria during surgeries utilizing contaminated Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler devices. Many people have recently been contacted by at least one local hospital regarding this issue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Food and Drug Administration have been involved in the investigation and patients can be at risk for potentially life-threatening infections. The CDC has notified hospitals to advise potentially exposed patients to seek medical care if within four years of surgery they experienced: night sweats, muscle aches, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, or unexplained fevers.

More than 250,000 heart bypass procedures using heater cooler devices are performed annually in the U.S. and the Stӧckert machine represents 60% of these, the CDC has advised. The Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler device is also known as the Sorin 3T and was manufactured by LivaNova PLC, formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH and was distributed through Sorin Group USA, Inc. out of Colorado. These infections may be difficult to treat. Mycobacterium chimaera bacteria are a species of nontuberculous mycobacterium also known as NTM.

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