The controversial medical devices are also important tools to help regulate blood temperature during surgeries that involve the heart, lungs, esophagus and other chest organs. However, there has been question about the safety of these devices as of late.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that the use of heater-cooler devices can spread bacteria into a patient’s chest cavity during surgery.
Bacteria — such as nontuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM) — may cause serious life-threatening infections. Patients who are undergoing open-heart or lung surgery are particularly vulnerable due to their compromised health. According to the FDA, the current risk of contracting NTM is between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1,000.
The FDA states that there is “potential for NTM to grow in a water tank in the heater-cooler units. It is important to note that the water in the heater-cooler unit is not designed to come into contact with the patient’s blood or body fluids. However, we have found that contaminated water droplets from the tank may transmit bacteria through the air (aerosolize) and escape from the heater-cooler unit into the operating room environment. The aerosolized NTM may then find its way into the open-chest cavity or a sterile implant.”
Can I File A Heater-Cooler Lawsuit?
Our heater-cooler 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 heater-cooler cases in all 50 states.
Both patients and their families are seeking compensation for injuries. You may be entitled to a settlement if you were harmed by a heater-cooler system.
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