The Rappaport Law Firm is currently accepting clients in all 50 states who are interested in filing a defective heater-cooler heart bypass lawsuit.
*The specific defective heater-cooler heart bypass device under scrutiny is the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System.
The heater-cooler system is used for patients with specific temperature needs due to recent heart surgery.
“The Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler System provides 3 circuits for fast and efficient heating and cooling to meet your patient and cardioplegia temperature needs,” says the manufacturer’s website.
“The FDA continues to evaluate Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) infections associated with heater-cooler devices, primarily in patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgical procedures. This includes reviewing adverse event reports, medical literature, and information from state, national and international public health agencies,” says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “Our current analyses have identified potential root causes of contamination from heater-cooler devices, which we are evaluating to determine whether they definitively contribute to patient infection.”
Why File a Defective Heater-Cooler Heart Bypass Lawsuit?
A heater-cooler lawsuit for heart bypass patients has surfaced following reports of contamination.
According to recent reports, those who have undergone heart bypass surgery involving a heater-cooler device may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of the heater-cooler product.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that the contamination has been linked to a manufacturing plant in Germany.
“More than 250,000 heart bypass procedures using heater-cooler devices are performed in the United States every year. Heater-cooler units are an essential part of these life-saving surgeries because they help keep a patient’s circulating blood and organs at a specific temperature during the procedure. Approximately 60 percent of heart bypass procedures performed in the U.S. utilize the devices that have been associated with these infections,” the CDC says.
“The bacteria, Mycobacterium chimaera, is a species of nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) often found in soil and water. In the environment, M. chimaera rarely makes healthy people sick. Patients who have been exposed to the bacteria through open-heart surgery can develop general and nonspecific symptoms that can often take months to develop,” says the CDC. “As a result, diagnosis of these infections can be missed or delayed, sometimes for years, making these infections more difficult to treat. There is no test to determine whether a person has been exposed to the bacteria. Infections can be diagnosed by detecting the bacteria by laboratory culture; the slow growing nature of the bacteria can require up to two months to rule out infection.”
If you think you may have suffered contamination as a result of a defective heater-cooler device, call the Rappaport Law Firm today, at (216) 407-5199 to file a heater-cooler lawsuit for heart bypass patients.
Filing a Defective Heater-Cooler Heart Bypass Lawsuit
Call the Rappaport Law Firm today for a no-cost consultation and information on filing a defective heater-cooler heart bypass lawsuit. Our talented lawyers experienced in filing heater-cooler heart bypass lawsuits can help you along every step of the way.
According to the CDC, approximately 60-percent of those who undergo a heart bypass use the specific heater-cooler device. Out of those, between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1,000 people are at-risk of infection from the defective hater-cooler device, they reported, on average.