Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Bacterial Infection Lawsuit
The Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler system is commonly used during surgery to regulate a patient’s body temperature. The device has a water tank that provides temperature-controlled water to heat exchangers or blankets, which in turn provide cooling or warmth to the patient’s body. However, this device that is meant to improve medical care and patient outcomes has been proven to actually be making people sick.
Nontuberculous Mycobacterium Symptoms
Reports suggest that many of these heater-cooler devices may have become contaminated, causing individuals to develop M. Chimaera infections, which is a slow-growing type of nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM). Long after heart surgery, the infection may cause symptoms like:
- Pain Redness
- Heat or Pus at Surgical Site Abdominal Pain
- Post-Surgery Infection
- Treatment Wrongful Death
In June 2016, the FDA issued a safety alert after it was determined that the factory that makes the Stockert 3T – the most widely used heating/cooling device during heart surgery – was contaminated with M. chimaera bacteria. There is an increased risk of patients developing bacterial infections. The device is used in about 60 percent of heart bypass surgeries.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
The infection can lead to serious injury and even death. If you or a loved one developed a M. chimaera infection following a heart surgery, we strongly urge that you contact an attorney to learn about your legal options.
Heater-cooler lawsuit plaintiffs are making the following claims against manufacturers of the devices:
- They failed to warn healthcare providers and the public about the risks.
- They misrepresented the benefits and risks of the device.
- They negligently manufactured a defective product.
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If you are interested in filing a nontuberculous mycobacteria lawsuit, you can fill out our contact form, or give us a call any time at 800-359-5690. We are a available to you 24/7. A lawyer for bacterial infection after heart surgery will speak with you and let you know what your options are.