CDC Issues Warning Over Infections from Heart Surgery Device

Posted By Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. || 16-Nov-2016

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigated various bacterial infections of open-heart surgery patients who were exposed to Mycobacterium chimaera, a rare species of nontuberculous mycobacterium, using the Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler devices. Since, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that patients should be notified that these devices used during their surgical procedures may be contaminated with a bacteria that is potentially fatal due to the high risk of threatening infections.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had notified hospital to advise any and all potentially exposed patients to seek medical attention if they have experienced the following symptoms within four years of surgery:

  • Night sweats
  • Muscle aches
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained fevers

Researchers also report that patients who have had prosthetic material implanted face a higher risk for infection.

About the Defective Product

The Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler device, commonly referred to as the Sorin 3T, was manufactured by LivaNova PLC, a company formerly known as Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH. Research states that more than 250,000 heart bypass surgical procedures using heater cooler devices are performed every year in the United States, and of these, nearly 60% are performed using the Stӧckert machine.

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If you have undergone an open-heart surgery and have suffered negative side effects, we urge you to contact our New York product liability lawyers at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. immediately. We can examine the details of your condition and determine which legal strategies can be used to pursue justice for your damages right away.

To discuss your case, call our New York product liability attorneys now.

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