Issue: Dangerous infections from Sorin / Stӧckert surgical heating-cooling devices
Lieff Cabraser is investigating bacterial infections in open heart surgery patients exposed to the rare Mycobacterium chimaera bacteria during surgeries utilizing contaminated Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler devices.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health have advised hospitals and patients that patients deserve to be notified that Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler devices used in their surgeries are potentially contaminated with bacteria that can put patients at risk for life threatening infections. The CDC has notified hospitals to advise potentially exposed patients to seek medical care if within four years of surgery they experienced: night sweats, muscle aches, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, or unexplained fevers.
More than 250,000 heart bypass procedures using heater cooler devices are performed annually in the U.S. and the Stӧckert machine represents 60% of these, the CDC has advised. The Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler device is also known as the Sorin 3T and was manufactured by LivaNova PLC, formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH. Patients with prosthetic material implanted are at even higher risk of infections. These infections are difficult to treat. Mycobacterium chimaera bacteria are a species of nontuberculous mycobacterium also known as NTM.
If you or your family have been affected by these infections, please use this form to contact Lieff Cabraser for a free, no-obligation review of your infection injury case. Or you may call us toll-free at 1 800-541-7358 and ask to speak to attorney Fabrice Vincent.