Dangers of Heater Cooler devicesVan Wey Law is currently representing patients who acquired infections after open heart surgery. Certain devices are used to heat and cool the blood during open heart surgery.

Recently both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have issued warnings concerning the risk of infection associated with certain heating and cooling devices used during open heart surgery.

The medical device at issue is Stöckert 3T heater-cooler devices. These devices are manufactured by LivaNova PLC in Germany. These heater-cooler devices are used in approximately 60% of the open heart surgeries nationwide.

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Preliminary investigation reveals that the heater-cooler devices may have been contaminated during the manufacturing process. As well, it is believed that patients who had artificial heart valve placement or other prosthetic devices implanted may be at higher risk for infection.

Some of the symptoms of this infection can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Night Sweats
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches

If you have had recent open heart surgery and are experiencing any of these symptoms, it would be prudent to seek medical advice and testing to determine whether this bacteria is in your system. If you have already been diagnosed with a Mycobacterium chimaera infection after open heart surgery, you would be well advised to seek the advice of an attorney who is knowledge of and experienced handling cases such as these.

The attorneys at Van Wey Law are already representing patients who have become infected by these contaminated heater-cooler devices. Please contact us today to discuss your particular situation and help us determine whether you may be entitled to compensation.

You may reach us in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by calling 214-329-1350 or out of state by calling 800-489-5082. As well, you may send us an e-mail to either [email protected] or her new client intake assistant, [email protected]

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