The manufacturer of a heater-cooler device used during open-heart surgery has been hit with a lawsuit following the death of an Iowa man from a fatal M. Chimaera infection.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you got an infection after undergoing open heart surgery with a heater-cooler device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What’s the problem?
January 19, 2017 – According to the lawsuit, Ronald Prescott was diagnosed with a slow-growing M. Chimaera infection in Sept. 2014. The diagnosis followed a heart valve replacement surgery he had 18 months earlier, at which time the 3T Heater-Cooler was used to regulate Prescott’s blood temperature.
“The 3T System regulates blood temperature by circulating water through tubes into a heat exchanger where blood is pumped into separate chambers during surgery,” the complaint states. “The water tanks and other areas where water pass through aerosolize a vapor containing NTM, which exits out of the device and is pushed into the ambient air of the operating room through the System’s exhaust fan. If placed in the operating room, the contaminated vapor from the System directly enters the sterile surgical field and the patient’s open body.”
The complaint, which was filed on August 22, 2016 in the Southern District of Iowa, alleges that the Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler system was the source of the deadly M. Chimaera bacteria.
The FDA first warned about the potential for NTM infections with Heater-Cooler devices in October 2015. Then in June 2016, the agency announced that it was investigating the 3T Heater-Cooler system in connection with illnesses reported in the U.S. A third alert issued in October 2016 confirmed that 3T Heater-Coolers manufactured prior to September 2014 had been directly linked to the NTM infections.
According to the CDC, symptoms of an NMT infection can take months to appear. Heart patients exposed to the bacteria may present with a range of symptoms including endocarditis, surgical site infection, abscess or bacteremia. Other clinical manifestations have been reported including hepatitis, renal insufficiency, splenomegaly, pancytopenia, and osteomyelitis.
Do I Have a Heater-Cooler Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in heater-cooler lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new infection cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed and infection after undergoing surgery in which a heater-cooler device was used, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.