New Jersey Injury Attorneys Handle Sorin Heater-Cooler Lawsuits
Sorin heater-coolers are devices used in heart surgery to keep blood/organs the right temp. Turns out they were contaminated at the manufacturer, and there’s no way to clean them. They have a couple of very deadly, very specific bugs. This makes causation simpler b/c these bugs are so unique. Damages are usually, unfortunately, very significant, as the infections are usually in the heart and often fatal.
Within the last 60 days or so, patients who were exposed to this device during heart surgery were sent a letter regarding this issue, so plaintiffs know who they are. These folks will be calling attorneys, so it’s best that we are at least aware of this issue. We are accepting these cases.
Infections caused by Sorin 3-T devices may entitle you to compensation
The Sorin 3-T machine has been used during various types of chest surgeries, such as open heart surgeries and grafts. Just one type of heart surgery, the bypass operation, is performed on roughly 500,000 patients in the United States every year. Therefore, the Sorin 3-T machine has likely been used in millions of procedures. Specifically, these devices are used to warm or cool patients to optimize their care and improve their outcomes during surgery. At Lomurro Law, our New Jersey defective product attorneys hold medical device manufacturers accountable when products cause injuries.
Recently, there have been outbreaks of dangerous infections in the United States. Mycobacteriumchimera and Mycobacterium abscessus are two of the bacteria that have reportedly caused infections. The use of the Sorin 3-T in surgical procedures appears to be the culprit for these infections.
The Sorin 3-T machine may be contaminated upon its shipment from the manufacturer in Germany. Contamination was discovered on the production line and in the water supply at the manufacturing facility. In addition, problems with the machine’s exhaust may also spread the bacteria. Individuals who have had surgery in the past three years are at risk if 1) the procedure required the use of the Sorin 3-T machine or 2) the procedure took place in an operating room where the Sorin 3-T had been used. These infections may 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 3-T machine?
Individuals who may be infected due to the Sorin 3-T include:
- A patient who underwent open chest surgery where the Sorin 3-T was used or had recently been used; a diagnosis ofMycobacteria chimera has been made; and the patient has died or is being treated
- A patient who underwent open chest surgery where the Sorin 3-T was used or had recently been used; a diagnosis ofMycobacteria abscessus has been made; and the patient has died or is being treated
- A patient who underwent open chest surgery where the Sorin 3-T was used or had been used; no diagnosis of infection has been made; a letter has been sent to the patient from the hospital or treatment facility warning that patient about the risk of infection
Since these bacterial infections are often difficult to diagnose, a patient should not brush off these risks simply because a formal diagnosis has not been made. If a patient has suffered any type of infection after undergoing an open chest procedure, that patient should follow up with a medical provider. Often, an initial diagnosis may be incorrect. Only after further investigation will it be discovered that the patient has been infected with Mycobacteria chimera or Mycobacteriaabscessus.
Healthcare facilities have been discouraged from using these some of these devices until the manufacturer has determined how to reduce the risk of infection. The Food and Drug Administration has also issued a release on these devices and how healthcare facilities can reduce the risk of infection.
Symptoms of possible infection
Patients who have had open chest surgeries should seek medical attention if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Abdominal pain
- Redness, warmth, or pus around the incision
- Night sweats
- Weight loss
These symptoms should be addressed as soon as possible to rule out possible infections.
If you or a loved one believes you have been injured by Sorin Heater-Coolers after surgery, contact our experienced New Jersey injury attorneys today for a free consultation
If you or a loved one underwent an open chest surgery, you may be entitled to compensation, even if you have not yet been diagnosed with an infection., our attorneys are experienced in medical device injury claims. To schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled injury attorneys, call 732-414-0300 or contact us online.