The Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler has been the central issue of several lawsuits due to the serious infections that can result from their use during open heart surgery. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our law firm works with some of the more experienced Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler lawyers in the country and there is no legal fee unless a settlement or award is obtained. Feel free to contact us toll-free 24/7 at 1-800-992-6878 or submit a contact form online for a free legal consultation.
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What is a Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler?
The Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler is a surgical machine manufactured by LivaNova. The Stockert 3T is commonly used in the operating room during open-heart surgeries to control the body temperature of a patient who is anesthetized. The Stockert3T Heater-Cooler is a machine used in open-heart surgery. It has been linked to dozens of infections with a deadly bacteria. A growing number of lawsuits have been filed against hospitals that had outbreaks. The bacteria causing the outbreaks is called M. chimaera, and it is commonly found in dirt and water. It is a type of Non-Tuberculosis Mycobacterium (NTM), and usually only infects people with weak immune systems or those who have recently had surgery.
What Are Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Infection Symptoms?
- Muscle pain
- Night sweats
- Abdominal pain
- Joint pain
- Redness, heat, or pus at the incision site
Where Has This Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Infection Been Reportedly Exposed At?
Since 2011, six separate hospitals in Michigan, Iowa, and Pennsylvania have reported outbreaks of infections due to the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler machine. Over 13,000 patients were notified of possible exposure and contact with the bacteria and 28 infections were reported. These hospitals include:
- September, 2016: Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: 1,100 exposed with 4 reported infections
- August, 2016: Mercy Medical Center in Iowa: 2,600 exposed with 2 reported infections
- February, 2016: University of Iowa: 1,500 exposed with 3 reported infections
- November, 2015: Penn State Hershey Hospital: 2,300 exposed with 5 reported infections
- October, 2015: Spectrum Health Medical Center in Michigan: 4,500 exposed with 2 reported infections
- October, 2015: Wellspan York Hospital: 1,300 exposed with 12 reported infections
What Has the FDA Done To Resolve This Issue?
The FDA banned imports of the 3T Heater-Cooler System in January, 2016 due to evidence of a deadly bacteria growing within the machine. After extensive research by the FDA conducted in October, 2016, the FDA stated that there was evidence that “strongly suggests” that Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Systems were contaminated with a deadly bacteria. The FDA believes that this bacteria may have found their way on the Heater-Cooler system at a facility located in Germany, where the same deadly bacteria was discovered in the water supply and on a contaminated production line of the same plant in late August, 2014. Since the discovery was announced by the FDA, new machines have also tested positive for the same bacteria. Read more here.
Are There Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuits?
- October, 2016: A lawsuit was filed against Penn Presbyterian Medical Center by a man who developed a severe, and potentially life-threatening infection after receiving open-heart surgery in 2014. The lawsuit claims that the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler allegedly introduced bacteria that infected his aortic valve of his heart, caused numerous strokes, and led to an additional open-heart surgery to replace the damage that had been done.
- February, 2016: A class action lawsuit (PDF) was filed by two men who were exposed to the deadly bacteria during open-heart surgery at two hospitals in Pennsylvania. Neither man developed an infection, luckily, but they are seeking monetary compensation for follow-up care to rid their bodies of the bacteria. The class action was filed on behalf of everyone in Pennsylvania who open-heart surgery at WellSpan York Hospital or Penn State Hersey Medical Center.
Has the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Been Recalled?
The Sorin Group commenced a Stockert 3T recall on June 15, 2015, and the FDA announced Sorin’s recall of the Stockert 3T on July 15, 2015. The recall stated the Stockert 3T had “potential colonization of organisms, including Mycobacteria.” Read more about the recall here.
Contact a Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Recall Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered because of the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler, then you may want to talk to a personal injury attorney. You may be entitled to damages for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, or other injuries. Our law firm works with experienced Stryker Hip Implant lawyers across the country, who are now filing Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuits. And, there are no attorneys’ fees until you receive a settlement or award. Please call us at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out an online contact form in confidence.