Open-heart surgery patients may have been exposed to a deadly bacteria on a machine that kept them warm during the operation. This bacteria can take years to cause symptoms, so watch out.
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Heater-Cooler Class Action Filed in Iowa
May 2017 — A woman from Iowa filed a class action lawsuit (PDF) for everyone in Iowa who was exposed to M. chimaera, M. abscessus, and other potentially deadly types of Non-Tuberculosis Mycobacterium (“NTM bacteria”) bacteria from a Sorin/LivaNova Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler machine. Click here to read more.
Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Action Lawsuit
In February 2016, a class action (PDF) against LivaNova, PLLC was filed by two men who had open-heart surgery at hospitals in Pennsylvania that used the Stockert 3T heater-cooler.
One man was exposed during an infection outbreak at WellSpan York Hospital between October 1, 2011 and July 24, 2015. The other man was exposed at Penn State Hershey Medical Center during an outbreak between November 5, 2011 and November 5, 2015.
Lawyers are seeking compensation for everyone who was exposed to a risk of infections during those outbreaks. The class action was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania — Case No. 1:16-cv-00260.
What is the Stӧckert 3T?
LivaNova manufactures the Stӧckert 3T Heater-Cooler. It is a machine that is used in the operating room during open-heart surgeries. The machine pumps water into a special blanket that regulates the body temperature of a patient who is anesthetized.
What is the problem?
The water never touches the patient, but it does evaporate and spray into the air through the machine’s exhaust vents. If the water contains bacteria, the bacteria can “aerosolize” and land on the patient undergoing surgery. Here is a video of the problem:
Evidence Points to Single Source of Contamination
The Stӧckert 3T is manufactured at a facility in Munich, Germany. In August 2014, tests found Non-Tuberculosis Mycobacterium (NTM) in the water and on the production line at the facility. The same strain of bacteria infected patients in the United States, which “strongly suggests” a single source of contamination, according to the FDA.
What is the Risk?
The risk of developing an infection is probably low. Only 32 cases were linked to heater-coolers and reported to the FDA between 2010 and 2015. However, infections are hard to diagnose and grow very slowly, so it is likely that more cases were never reported to the FDA.
Symptoms of Mycobacteria Infections
The symptoms of NTM infections can take up to four years to appear. Patients who have had open-heart surgery should seek medical attention immediately if they are experiencing symptoms, such as:
- Redness, heat or pus at the incision site
- Night sweats
- Muscle aches
- Joint pain
- Unexplained fever
- Nausea, vomiting
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