Heater Cooler Infections

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has warned that a device commonly used during some types of open heart (open chest) surgeries has been connected with very serious infections called nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections.  These infections can cause serious illness, and even death.

The US Food and Drug Administration and CDC are warning that the Sorin Stöckert 3T heater-cooler device might have been contaminated during manufacturing, which could put patients at risk for life-threatening infections. In the United States, more     

than 250,000 heart bypass procedures are performed every year using heater-cooler devices, and the Sorin Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Device is used in 60 percent of these surgeries. Government safety regulators have announced that the Sorin Stöckert 3T heater-cooler device has been associated with outbreaks of serious infections throughout the United States, Europe, and some other parts of the world.  Patients who have had open heart surgery are urged to seek medical care if they are experiencing symptoms associated with infections, such as night sweats, muscle aches, weight loss, fatigue, or unexplained fever.  Infections may occur up to seven years after surgery.

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Our firm is dedicated to serving those who are wrongfully injured, and to the fair and just resolution of their claims.  The lawyers at Blackridge LLC have extensive experience litigating thousands of cases involving injuries from pharmaceuticals and medical devices.  We represent individuals throughout the United States who have suffered serious injuries and death as a result of poorly designed drugs and devices. Our experienced lawyers zealously pursue each and every case to ensure our clients receive their rightful compensation.

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