The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has linked a rare but potentially lethal bacterial infection that has affected patients in at least 3 U.S. states to contamination from a heater-cooler device used during open-heart surgery.
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What’s the Problem?
October 14, 2016 – In a report published Thursday by the CDC, researchers said a genomic analysis “strongly” suggests that the infections arose from a common source: Stöckert 3T heater-cooler devices made by LivaNova PLC, which are used to control a patient’s body temperature during open-heart surgery.
The report was compiled in an effort to determine the source of a rare outbreak of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections, which first surfaced last year in Switzerland. A number of heart surgery patients in Germany have also been diagnosed with the infection.
Since the Swiss outbreak, CDC has been made aware of at least 28 NTM infection cases in the U.S., including 21 in Pennsylvania, 5 in Iowa and 2 in Michigan. Four deaths were reported in Pennsylvania.
Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) blocked imports into the U.S. of the Stöckert 3T heater-cooler after issuing a warning letter related to manufacturing violations by LivaNova. FDA didn’t require hospitals to stop using existing devices, though it and the CDC have issued new recommendations for reducing the risk of NTM infections. The agency issued a new safety communication regarding the heater-coolers in conjunction with the CDC report Thursday.
Do I Have a LivaNova 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 LivaNova Heater-Cooler lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential 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.