The founder of a York, Pennsylvania business died of a rare heart infection linked to a heater-cooler device used during open heart surgery, according to a recently filed lawsuit.
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June 27, 2016 – David R. Inners, who owned a business in Hanover, PA., died from a rare nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infection that has been associated with heater-cooler devices used to regulate patients’ blood temperature during open heart surgery, according to PennLive. Inners, owner of DRI Machine Shop and an avid bicyclist, died in November 2015. He was 62-years-old.
The complaint was filed against WellSpan Health and York Hospital, where Inners’ surgery was performed, and the Sorin Group, who made the heater-cooler device.
Last year, at least 11 patients at York Hospital and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center developed NTM infections; all cases were attributed to aerosolized bacteria from heater-cooler devices used during open-heart surgery.
The facilities notified 3,600 open heart surgery patients who were potentially exposed to NTM infection. The procedures in question occurred from 2011 to 2015, when the hospitals replaced their heater-coolers with a different brand. York Hospital said its cleaning protocol “didn’t align perfectly” with guidelines for maintaining the devices.
Inners had open heart surgery in late 2014, approximately 11 months before his death, according to the lawsuit. The complaint names plaintiffs as Wendy Woods, Inners’ longtime companion and fiancee, and Benjamin Inners, the son of David Inners and the sole beneficiary of his estate.
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