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Do you need a Sorin Heater-Cooler Lawyer?

The Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler System, used in millions of surgeries, may have been contaminated with potentially deadly bacteria at the manufacturing facility.

The Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler is commonly used in a variety of of chest surgeries, such as open heart surgeries and grafts. Open heart bypass is performed on roughly 500,000 patients in the United States each year.  If you were infected with Mycobacterium avium, Mycobacterium abscessus or Mycobacterium kansasii during surgery, you need a qualified Sorin Heater-Cooler lawyer. Call Daniel Weltin at (510) 771-8999 for a free case review.

Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler - Mycobacterium Chimaera and Mycobacterium abscessus infections
Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler Machines may have been responsible for hundreds of Mycobacterium Chimaera and Mycobacterium abscessus infections.

There have been recent outbreaks of dangerous and deadly infections in the United States due to malfunction of the Sorin 3T. Mycobacterium Chimaera and Mycobacterium abscessus are two common culprits that caused infections. The use of the Sorin 3T in surgical procedures may have put patients at significant risk.

The purpose of the device is to warm or cool patients in order to optimize care and improve the outcome of surgery.

Contamination was discovered on the production line and in the water supply at the manufacturing facility.  Additional problems with the machine’s exhaust may spread the bacteria further and impose increased risk of infection. Individuals who have had surgery in the past three years are at risk if 1) the procedure required the use of the Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler or 2) the procedure took place in an operating room where the Sorin 3T had been used. These infections may be slow to present and could take 3 to 5 years to manifest. They are challenging to treat and are difficult to diagnose. In many cases, they are deadly.

Which Patients Need to Be Concerned About Infections Caused by the Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler?

Patients who may have been harmed due to the Sorin 3T may include:

  • A patient underwent open chest surgery and the Sorin 3T was used.
  • A patient underwent open chest surgery and the Sorin 3T had recently been used in facility;
  • A diagnosis of Mycobacteria Chimaera has been made; and the patient has died or is being treated
  • Or even if no diagnosis of infection has been made but a letter has been sent to the patient warning about the risk of infection

These Infections Are Difficult to Diagnose, a Patient Should Vigilant, Even in Absence of a Formal Diagnosis

Patients suffering from any type of infection after undergoing an open chest procedure should follow up with a doctor as soon as possible. Furthermore initial diagnosis can be incorrect. Further investigation is in the patient’s best interest when the risk of infection with Mycobacteria Chimaera or Mycobacteria abscessus is present.

Healthcare facilities have been put on notice that these devices carry the risk of infection. The FDA has also issued a release on these devices.  The FDA has advised as to how healthcare facilities can reduce the risk of infection.

How do I know if I’ve been infected?

Patients who have had open chest surgeries should immediately seek out medical attention if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • Muscle pain
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Night sweats
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Joint pain
  • And Inflammation (Redness, warmth, or pus) around the incision

These symptoms should be addressed immediately to rule out possible infections.
If you or a loved one believes you have been injured or diseased due to Sorin Heater-Cooler complications after surgery, contact Daniel Weltin today for a free consultation.  Daniel Weltin holds medical device manufacturers accountable when products cause injuries. Please call (510) 771-8999 today for a free consultation.

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An FDA report on non-tuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung infections. Most NTM infections are caused by the Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC), Mycobacterium abscessus, and Mycobacterium kansasii. Patients with other lung conditions like bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis (CF), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are more susceptible to NTM infections. Symptoms of NTM include: persistent cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, sputum production, low-grade fever, night sweats, and weight loss.

 

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