Heater-cooler systems are often necessary during surgeries to help warm or cool patients as part of their care, as well as help regulate blood flow. 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 have been questions about the safety of these devices as of late.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the use of these 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.
As of Februrary 2017, there have been 20 cases of people who have had outbreaks of NTM that were linked to heater-cooler devices in the state of Pennsylvania.
In October 2016, the CDC and the FDA issued a strong warning to hospitals regarding the Sorin Stockert 3T, recognized as the most popular brand of heater-coolers. This device is is used in roughly 60 percent of heart bypass procedures across the United States. According to the FDA, the current risk of contracting NTM is between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1,000.
Can I File A Heater-Cooler Lawsuit?
Our 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 lawyers are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new 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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How Do I Start A Heater-Cooler Claim?
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