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When you have open heart surgery, or any other procedure where your chest is opened up and your heart is stopped, your body’s temperature must be manually controlled. Without your heart pumping blood and oxygen through your veins and arteries, an outside device must be used. For many years, the Stockert 3t heater-cooler device was a popular choice for body temperature management in surgeries like those described above. But according to a 2016 bulletin posted on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, this device may have caused infections for many surgical patients.
Chimaera Reports by the CDC & FDA
According to the CDC, over 250,000 heart bypass surgeries are conducted in the United States each year. In each of these surgeries, a heater-cooler device is critical. The problem with the Stockert 3t device is that they may have been contaminated while being manufactured, allowing them to introduce dangerous infections to patients who are already facing difficult surgeries and recoveries.
Patients who may have been exposed to bacteria or infected by the use of a heater-cooler device during surgery will experience many symptoms such as weight loss, night sweats, fever and aches and pains in their muscles. Some patients have even passed away.
In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a safety communication letting physicians, hospitals and patients know that a European study had linked the mycobacterium M. chimaera to infected cardiothoracic patients who’d used the Stockert 3t device. The safety communication further discussed how diagnosis was difficult since many patients wouldn’t exhibit symptoms immediately, but in the months and years to come.
Stockert 3T Lawsuit
Patients who have had exposure to the Stockert 3t heater-cooler as part of their open-chest surgery need to contact a lawyer immediately to see if they might be able to get funds for pain and suffering, ongoing medical care, and diminished earnings capacity for future problems. Because of the complexity of this case, it’s important that you not leave your choice of lawyer to chance. Call Pravati Legal Networks today and use our proprietary lawyer referral system to find an attorney who can best present your defective medical device case. Our lawyer believes in their clients and fight for what’s right—not getting any payment until they win your Stockert 3T Lawsuit