The Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler system is a device used during surgery to regulate the patient’s body temperature. It has been associated with an increased risk of infection from the mycobacterium chimaera, a microorganism which can be deadly.
Most commonly used during invasive, open-chest procedures, the Stockert 3T heater-cooler system is comprised of water tanks and circuits that keep patients warm while maintaining cardioplegia (the necessary halting of cardiac activity) during surgeries.
The device is used primarily in open-heart surgeries, but also for surgeries involving the esophagus, lungs, and other chest organs. It is used in more than half of all heart surgeries.
Dangerous bacteria can grow inside the system’s tanks, contaminating the water and emitting a vapor that then spreads throughout the operating room. This creates an unsterile environment for open-chest surgeries.
Some patients have developed infections post-surgery, resulting in pain, suffering, additional medical bills, and in rare cases, even death. Infection from mycobacterium chimaera is particularly dangerous for patients with compromised immune systems. The FDA has issued a formal warning.
Patients who come into contact with mycobacterium chimaera while undergoing surgery may not develop symptoms right away. It can take months or even years for an infection to surface. The survival rate is 50 percent, making it vital to seek prompt medical attention.
According to the CDC, more than half a million heart surgery patients are currently at risk for developing an infection.
Did you or a loved one suffer from a mycobacterium chimaera infection after open-heart surgery? If you believe the Stockert 3T heater-cooler system caused this, the legal team at Ward Black Law wants to hear from you. We hold companies accountable for manufacturing safe products, serving as a powerful voice for innocent patients who deserve compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, and other losses.