A woman who underwent heart surgery with a Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler device has filed a class action lawsuit against the manufacturers for allegedly exposing her to life-threatening bacteria.
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What’s the Problem?
August 11, 2017 – According to the lawsuit, Plaintiff underwent open-heart surgery with a 3T heater-cooler system in June 2016, which she claims exposed her to M. chimaera and/or M. abscessus, which are subspecies of nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM). Plaintiff alleges that defendants LivaNova PLC (previously Sorin Group Deutschland GMBH) manufactured and sold the heater-cooler device used on her and in other class members’ surgeries.
A recent study presented at the 44th Annual Conference of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) found that more than one-third of Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler devices may be contaminated with harmful bacteria such as M. Chimaera, legionella and NTM.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2016 issued Sorin a warning letter indicating that tests performed at the company’s plant in Germany found that M. chimaera bacteria had contaminated the production line and water supply. At least 32 infections linked to the devices were cited by the FDA in the letter.
Heater-cooler units use water tanks to provide temperature-controlled water to keep patients warm or cool during surgery. Although the water does not come into direct contact with patients, FDA warned that contaminated water could enter other parts of the device, which could then be sprayed through its exhaust vent.
The new complaint seeks class action status for more than 4,100 plaintiffs who are or were citizens of Iowa at the time of their alleged exposure. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Iowa. The class members’ claims total more than $5 million.
Do I Have a Heater-Cooler Class Action Lawsuit?
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