A hospital in Pennsylvania is being sued by 12 patients who claim the facility exposed them to a deadly bacterial infection when it used heater-cooler machines during open-heart surgery.
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What’s the Problem?
January 24, 2017 – The plaintiffs, who have not been diagnosed with the heater-cooler infection, allege that WellSpan York Hospital was negligent and failed in its duty to ensure the maintenance of its equipment, staff only competent physicians, oversee all persons who practice medicine at the facility, and enforce adequate policies to ensure quality care for all of its patients.
In October 2015, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning which stated that heater-cooler systems had been linked to severe infections, especially in patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery. FDA’s warning came in response to at least 32 reports of infection linked to the machines between January 2010 and August 2015.
“We are aware that the use of heater-cooler devices has been associated with Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) infections, primarily in patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgical procedure,” the agency said. “NTM organisms are widespread in nature and can be found in soil and water, including tap water sources. They are typically not harmful, but in rare cases may cause infections in very ill patients and/or in individuals with compromised immune systems.”
Just weeks after the FDA warning, WellSpan sent a letter to about 1,300 open-heart surgery patients informing them they may have been exposed to bacterial infection after identifying at least 8 patients at the facility who contracted NTM. Four of those patients died from the infection, according to CNN.
Since WellSpan sent the letter, at least 5 lawsuits have been filed against the facility by patients who allegedly developed heart surgery infections. All of the complaints include LivaNova, manufacturer of the heater-cooler device, as a defendant.
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