Lawsuit: 3T Heater-Cooler System Linked to Serious Infection

A Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler attorney notes that a lawsuit alleges negligence on the part of the manufacturer after a patient developed a serious bacterial infection. As a result of the infection, the plaintiff claims to have been forced to undergo aggressive antibiotic treatment as well as other painful medical procedures. Affected patients and their families may be able to file a lawsuit and seek damages with the help of a defective medical device attorney.

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Symptoms of Infection Could Possibly Take Years to Develop

Lawsuits allege that some patients who have undergone major heart, lung and liver surgeries that used a Sorin 3T heater-cooler device may be potentially at risk of exposure to a rare and possibly deadly bacterial infection. According to a lawsuit filed in November 2016, the plaintiff claims to have suffered from M. Chimaera infection, a type of nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM), as well as rapid weight loss, chronic pain and fatigue, and recurrent abdominal ascites. Symptoms associated with NTM infections can take months to even years to develop and in the case of the plaintiff, may result in physical and emotional pain and suffering.

Sorin 3T heater-cooler systems are most commonly used in major surgical procedures to regulate a patient’s blood temperature. The devices circulate water through a set of tubes into an external heat exchanger where blood is pumped into separate chambers. When placed in operating rooms, contaminated vapor containing NTM can potentially enter a patient’s body through a series of tanks where water passes through the aerosolized vapor.

Although the lawsuit notes a set of heater-cooler devices used between 2012 and 2016, the risk of NTM infections with the Sorin 3T heater-cooler system is not unique to the specific hospital named in the lawsuit. According to the claim, hospitals in at least 14 other states have reported patient infections and/or device contamination with NTM. Many hospitals have removed the devices altogether or relocated the devices to a separate room during operation to prevent contaminated aerosols from entering a patient’s body.

How a Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler Attorney Can Help

Medical device makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their devices, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a device maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.

People injured by a defective Sorin 3T heater-cooler system may be able to recover money for:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain and Suffering

The families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.

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