Cincinnati Sub-Zero Hemotherm CE & 333W: Bacteria Infection Lawsuits
Commonly asked questions about Cincinnati Sub-Zero Hemotherm CE heater-cooler systems:
- What are Cincinnati Sub-Zero Hemotherm CE Heater-Cooler Systems?
- Is Cincinnati Sub-Zero Hemotherm CE & 333W Linked To Bacterial Infection?
- What are Types of Heater-Cooler Systems?
- Surgeries That May Include Use Of Cincinnati Sub-Zero Hemotherm CE & 333W
- About Cincinnati Sub-Zero
- Can I File A Cincinnati Sub-Zero Hemotherm CE & 333W Heater-Cooler Lawsuit?
- How Do I Start A Cincinnati Sub-Zero Hemotherm CE and 333W Heater-Cooler Claim?
What are Cincinnati Sub-Zero Hemotherm CE Heater-Cooler Systems?
Cincinnati Sub-Zero, a self-described leader in blood temperature management solutions, is reportedly catching heat for its controversial heater-cooler system.
The Hemotherm CE, a cardiovascular heater-cooler device, is management device used to control blood temperature during cardiopulmonary by-pass and other related cardiovascular procedures. However, the medical device has recently been linked to mycobacteria, a harmful bacteria that can pose a risk of infecting patients, through indirect contact.
The system, supplies water to a blood temperature exchanger/oxygenator or hyper-hypothermia blanket, can reportedly transmit bacteria through the air and through the device’s exhaust vent into the environment and to the patient, if contaminated.
Is Cincinnati Sub-Zero Hemotherm CE & 333W Linked To Bacterial Infection?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a Medical Device Safety Communication regarding Nontuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM) Infections associated with heater-cooler devices, such as the Cincinnati Sub-Zero Hemotherm CE and 333W, to heighten awareness about infections associated with heater-cooler devices.
In response to the FDA’s warning, Cincinnati Sub-Zero issued a release in November 2015, stating the medical device company has received “no reported incidents associated with NTM contamination or infection involving CSZ’s cooler-heater devices.
“However, there is one known reported bacterial contamination related to Cupriavidus Pauculus/R. Paucula, which is widely found in hospitals, associated with an ECMO Heater,” the company said. “An investigation of this 2009 incident determined it may have resulted from a failure to follow the device’s cleaning procedures. It is incumbent on all hospitals and clinics to develop and maintain an adequate infection control plan at all levels to produce the greatest level of patient safety from nosocomial infections.”
A year after the FDA’s initial alert, the CDC issued a release warning healthcare providers and patients about the potential risk of infection from heater-cooler devices used during open heart (open-chest) surgery. The CDC estimates that in hospitals where at least one infection has been identified, the risk of a patient getting an infection from the bacteria was between about 1 in 100 and 1 in 1,000.
Many hospitals are sending warning letters to patients who may have been exposed, most of whom had surgery since January 1, 2012. Hospitals in Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Michigan have confirmed 28 cases of infection from heater-cooler systems, some diagnosed almost four years after surgery.
What are Types of Heater-Cooler Systems?
The Sorin Stockert LivaNova 3T, approved by the FDA in 2006, was the first heater-cooler device to market and remains the most popular heater-cooler device on the market. Other heater-cooler systems include:
Surgeries That May Include Use Of Cincinnati Sub-Zero Hemotherm CE & 333W:
The following types of surgeries may require or include the use of the Cincinnati Sub-Zero Hemotherm CE and 333W Heater-Cooler Systems:
- Heart valve replacement
- Heart transplant
- Lung transplant
- Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
- Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant
- Aortic anomaly surgery
- Pulmonary artery banding
- Lung resection
About Cincinnati Sub-Zero
Cincinnati Sub-Zero — a subsidiary of Gentherm, the global market leader and developer of innovative thermal management technologies — is based in Sharonville, Ohio and comprised of three divisions: medical, industrial and CSZ testing services.
Gentherm — a technology company with a focus on thermal technology — has locations in 12 countries, and more than 10,000 employees worldwide. The technology company designs, develops and manufactures heating, cooling, and ventilating devices, including:
- Heated and cooled seating
- Heated steering wheels
- Heated and cooled cup holder
- Cool bin
- Interior surfaces
Can I File A Cincinnati Sub-Zero Hemotherm CE & 333W Heater-Cooler Lawsuit?
Our Cincinnati Sub-Zero Hemotherm CE and 333W Heater-Cooler case lawyers can help if you or someone you care about contracted a severe — or possibly fatal — infection as a result of being exposed to bacteria from a contaminated heater-cooler device. Our top heater-cooler lawyers are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
The criteria for filing a heater-cooler infection lawsuit include the following:
- Had open heart surgery less than six years ago and
- Had one of more of the following symptoms at least eight weeks after surgery that could not be explained due to other causes:
- Night sweats
- Muscle aches
- Weight loss
- Fever, and
- Symptoms were severe and persistent enough for the client to seek medical treatment or
- Received a warning letter about potential risk from the hospital where they had surgery or
- Diagnosed with a Mycobacterium Chimaera/nontuberculous mycrobacterium (NTM) infection
Both patients and their families are seeking compensation for injuries. You may be entitled to a settlement if you were harmed by a Cincinnati Sub-Zero Hemotherm CE and 333W Heater-Cooler System.
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How Do I Start A Cincinnati Sub-Zero Hemotherm CE and 333W Heater-Cooler Claim?
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- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
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