Heater-Cooler Device Lawsuits

Law Offices of Gary Green is currently investigating claims against heater-cooler devices, used to warm or cool a patient during certain open heart surgeries. These devices have been linked to a rare bacterial infection caused by nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM). The most common of these devices is the Stockert 3T, although there are others on the market.

Surgeries that may call for a heater-cooler device include:

  • Heart transplant

  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)

  • Lung transplant

  • Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant

  • Heart valve replacement

  • Pulmonary artery banding

  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

NTM infections are very slow-growing, and it is possible to develop symptoms months or years after surgery. Symptoms of a current NTM infection may include:

  • Night sweats

  • Muscle aches

  • Weight loss

  • Fatigue

  • Unexplained fever

These devices use water tanks to control the temperature of heating and cooling blankets placed on the patient. Due to a design flaw, the cleaning, disinfecting, and drying processes of these devices can lead to contaminated water, which can reach the patient and other surfaces when released via the device’s exhaust vent.

FDA reports show that Sorin, the manufacturer of the Stockert 3T, was aware of the potential risk of severe infections as early as 2014, yet failed to implement design changes that would correct this flaw.

NTM infections caused by heater-cooler devices can be severe, so it is important to contact your primary care doctor right away if you notice any of these symptoms following an open-heart surgery.

To discuss your heater-cooler lawsuit, contact Law Offices of Gary Green today. Call us toll-free at 1-888-4GARYGREEN or email ggreen@gGreen.com.