Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuit
Representing Patients in North Carolina
Designed to control a patient’s body temperature during surgery, heater-cooler units such as the Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler System are meant to promote better outcomes and improve medical care. Unfortunately, the Stöckert 3T has been linked to serious and even deadly infections that may lie dormant for weeks or even years after surgery.
If you underwent cardiac surgery and developed an infection, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The medical costs of ongoing treatment and lost earnings from missed work can add up very quickly. At Crumley Roberts, we take away the worry. Our injury attorneys take on Stöckert 3T heater-cooler lawsuits for clients across North Carolina and can handle every aspect of your case so you can focus on healing. When you come to our firm, you become a part of our family.
Infections Caused by Contaminated Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler Systems
In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that it had received over 30 reports of infections linked to Stöckert 3T systems between 2010 and 2015, and in 2016 federal regulators linked Stöckert 3T heater-cooler units to an increased risk of nontuberculous mycobacteria infections due to contaminated water within certain machines after regular use.
Nontuberculous mycobacteria, or NTM, are naturally occurring organisms found in soil and water. Some people who inhale nontuberculous mycobacteria may develop serious infections that may not manifest for anywhere from 2 weeks to 4 years after initial exposure. Most people who develop nontuberculous mycobacteria infections have other health conditions, like lung disease or weak immune systems. Some symptoms may include:
- Chronic cough
- Coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Low-grade fever
Patients who have had cardiac surgery with Stöckert 3T systems in use should watch carefully for signs of infection. They may be in need of medical monitoring and may face other expenses, even if they have not shown any signs of infection. Patients who have been diagnosed with an infection need to undergo immediate treatment.
For more information about Stöckert 3T heater-cooler lawsuits and how Crumley Roberts can help you, please feel free to call us at (828) 597-0163. We will be happy to answer your questions.