What Is a Sorin Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler?
Medical providers use Sorin Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler units during cardiothoracic surgeries. These devices help regulate a patient’s body temperature while cardiac activity is temporarily stopped.
The 3T contains water tanks, which are vulnerable to harboring M. chimaera, a deadly non-tuberculous mycobacterium (NTM).
At one time, approximately 65% of hospitals in the nation used these devices. Patients have developed M. chimaera infections from these dangerous medical devices at local hospitals, including:
- Penn Presbyterian Hospital
- WellSpan York Hospital
- Hershey Medical Center
Reports About the Sorin Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler
In 2015, the Food & Drug Administration issued warnings and a ban on all Sorin Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Units entering the United States, which were not accompanied by a certificate of medical necessity.
However, this was too late for many people. Between 2010 and 2016, the FDA received 91 adverse event reports involving the units. Of those reports, 79 were related to NTM infections, and at least 12 resulted in death. Since then, the number of complaints has only grown.
Settlements with Medical Device Manufacturer LivaNova
Atlee Hall has been contacted by patients across the country who are suffering from disseminated NTM infections.
Recently, there has been publicity about some settlements reached between LivaNova, the manufacturer of the Sorin Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Unit, and a larger group of patients. However, there are many more patients suffering from these dangerous infections. These patients need help too.
We have initiated a working group, retaining world-renowned experts in the field, to understand the complex infection and its relationship with the device. Since 2015, we have fought for justice for clients who have been diagnosed with an M. chimaera infection.
Do You Have an M. Chimaera Infection?
M. chimaera is a non-tuberculous mycobacteria that can cause life-threatening infections. Unlike many other hospital-related infections, NTM infections are atypical in their incubation times. NTM infections can take months, or even years, to present symptoms in a patient.
Not only do these infections have a lengthy dormant phase, but the other recovery symptoms of surgery can often complicate matters. As a result, these infections can be difficult to detect and treat. Unfortunately, the mortality rate for M. chimaera infections is at least 50%.
Contact an M. Chimaera Infection Attorney for Help
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with an M. chimaera infection, you should speak with our personal injury lawyers right away.
We have been working with victims of this dangerous product for several years. We will help you find the right medical treatment and ensure you are evaluated by experts who know about your specific situation.