Stockert 3T Infection Lawsuits

Heating/cooling device used during surgery linked to M. chimaera infections

Stockert surgical device linked to deadly infection

Hospitals around the nation are notifying heart surgery patients who may be at risk for the bacterial infection M. chimaera, a slow-moving infection that typically takes between 1.5 and 3.5 years for symptoms to be noticed.

In June 2016, the FDA issued a safety alert to patients and hospitals after it was determined that the factory that makes the Stockert 3T – the most widely used heating/cooling device during heart surgery – was contaminated with M. chimaera bacteria. There is an increased risk of patients developing bacterial infections. The device is used in about 60 percent of heart bypass surgeries.

Subsequent testing by the FDA strongly suggested that infected Stockert 3T devices shared a common source of M. chimaera contamination, an indication that the bacteria is likely to have originated in the German factory.

Symptoms of the infection include:

  • fatigue
  • fever
  • pain
  • redness, heat or pus at the surgical site
  • muscle pain
  • joint pain
  • night sweats
  • weight loss
  • abdominal pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting

The infection can lead to serious injury and even death. If you or a loved one developed a M. chimaera infection following a heart surgery that took place after June 2006, we strongly urge that you contact an attorney to learn about your legal options. RPWB represents heart patients nationwide who developed infections during surgery. Please call us or send an email if we can be of assistance.

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