Lawsuit Investigation: Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Systems
Berger Montague is investigating potential class action lawsuits on behalf of people who underwent surgery that involved a Stockert 3T heater-cooler system and developed an infection as a result of the device.
What is a Stockert 3T heater-cooler system?
Heater-cooler devices like the Stockert 3T are often used during surgery, especially cardiac procedures. The purpose of the device is to control a patient’s body temperature in order to improve their medical care and surgical outcome. Heater-cooler devices include water tanks that provide temperature-controlled water to heat exchangers or blankets, which cool or warm the patient’s body accordingly. While water in the circuits does not directly contact the patient, it is possible for contaminated water to enter other parts of the device or convert into an aerosol, transmitting bacteria through the air. This bacteria can move through the device’s exhaust vent into the surrounding environment and the patient.
What kind of infections does the Stockert 3T heater-cooler system cause?
Nontuberculous mycobacteria infections (NTM) are most associated with the Stockert 3T system. The device has been implicated in causing a new strand of a bacterial infection known as M. chimaera. Both the CDC and FDA have issued Stockert 3T infection warnings, specifically involving M. chimaera.
How do I know if I have an NTM infection?
Possible signs and symptoms of an NTM infection include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Persistent cough or cough with blood
- Redness, heat, or pus at the surgical site
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Night sweats
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain
If you have undergone a cardiac procedure and are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider right away.
Have any Stockert 3T lawsuits been filed?
Yes. A lawsuit has been filed against LivaNova, PLC (formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH), the manufacturer of the Stockert 3T heater-cooler system. The lawsuit alleges that LivaNova failed to warn hospitals and doctors about the increased risk of infections caused by the medical device during cardiothoracic surgeries. According to the FDA, Sorin had received complaints about patient deaths related to NTM and the devices since January 2014.
If you underwent surgery that involved a Stockert 3T heater-cooler system and developed an infection as a result of the device, contact Berger Montague. We’ll explain what’s involved in filing a class action lawsuit.
Do I have to pay to consult with an attorney?
We are happy to talk with you about your potential claims free of charge. If we decide to represent you in a lawsuit, we will enter into a written contingent fee agreement with you. A contingent fee agreement means we only get paid if we win, and that we will receive our fees from the amount paid by the Defendant in the case.
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