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Four Dead After PA Hospital Cardiac Surgery Infections

As reported by the New York Times, four patients at a hospital in York, Pennsylvania, have died after developing an infection from a medical device used in open-heart surgery. Four additional patients were infected but have survived. The hospital, WellSpan York, indicated that it was notifing approximately 1,300 current and former patients about possible exposure they may have suffered during similar procedures occuring over the nearly four-year period between October of 2011 and July 2015.

The U.S. FDA noted it had received over 30 reports of similar infections or bacterial contaminations relating to use of such heater-cooler devices, which are used to control patient blood temperatures during cardiac surgery. 25 of the reported incidents occurred in 2015. The Times noted the similarity to recent incidents where patients have died from infections believed to be related to the use of duodenoscopes, medical devices used to diagnose and treat liver, bile duct, and pancreatic diseases.

Lieff Cabraser has successfully represented thousands of patients across America injured by defective and dangerous medical devices. We currently represent patients who developed “Superbug” CRE infections after undergoing Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), as well as the families of patients who died as a result of post-ERCP CRE infection.

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Recognized as “one of the nation’s premier plaintiffs’ firms” by The American Lawyer, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP is a sixty-plus attorney law firm with offices in San Francisco, New York, and Nashville. Our firm has successfully represented thousands of patients across America in individual lawsuits due to the injuries they suffered from defective medical devices. U.S. News and Best Lawyers have named Lieff Cabraser as their 2015 “Law Firm of the Year” for representing plaintiffs in class actions and mass torts.