Mycobacterium Chimaera Infection Lawsuits Reviewed For Individuals and Families Nationwide

Many severe and life-threatening bacterial infections experienced months or even years after heart surgery may have been caused by a 3T Heater-Cooler System used during the procedure.

Reports suggest that many of these heart surgery heater-cooler devices may have become contaminated, causing individuals to develop M. Chimaera infections, which is a slow growing type of nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM).  Long after heart surgery, the infection may cause symptoms like:

  • Fatigue, Fever, Pain
  • Redness, Heat or Pus at Surgical Site
  • Abdominal Pain, Nausea, Vomiting
  • Post-Surgery Infection Treatment
  • Wrongful Death

All cases are pursued by the M. chimaera infection lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no out-of-pocket costs to review whether you or your family may have a case, and we receive no attorney fees unless a recovery is obtained. Request a free consultation and case evaluation.

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Diagnosed with an Infection After Heart Surgery?

3T Heater-Cooler Infection Problems

doctor-chart-pen-stethescopeHeater-cooler devices are commonly used during heart surgery, involving tanks that provide temperature-controlled water to control blood temperature during the procedure.

The FDA indicates that problems with one device in particular, the Sorin/Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System, may be the cause of a number of severe infections experienced in recent years.  In many cases, these heart surgery infections did not surface until long after the procedure.

Following reports of Mycobacterium Chimaera infections among cardiac surgery patients, investigators determined that certain 3T Heater-Cooler Systems manufactured prior to September 2014 may have become contaminated.

The CDC estimates that the devices may have been used in about 60% of the 250,000 heart bypass procedures performed each year in the United States.

As the heater-cooler system circulates water through tubes into a heat exchanger, where blood is pumped into separate chambers during heart surgery, a contaminated vapor may be released into the air through an exhaust fan. When the device is placed in the operating room, this contaminated vapor may enter the sterile surgical field and cause an infection.

M. Chimaera Infection Risk

Mycobacterium Chimaera, more commonly known as M. Chimaera, is a subspecies of nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM), which occurs naturally in the environment.

While this typically does not pose a risk, during open heart surgery organs and the chest cavity may be directly exposed to the bacteria, potentially causing severe and potentially fatal infections.

It is often difficult to identify potential heart surgery infection lawsuits, as symptoms may not develop for months or years after initial exposure. Therefore, individuals and families may not immediately understand the link between an M. Chimaera and heart surgery.

The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provide free consultations and case evaluations for those diagnosed with M. Chimaera infections, or Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) infections, to help determine whether a 3T Heater-Cooler System may have been used during an open heart surgery.


Timeline 3T Heater-Cooler Infection Problems

  • January 2010: FDA receives first report of M. chimaera infections linked to open-heart surgery heater-cooler systems.
  • August 2014: M. chimeara found in the production line and water supply at the 3T manufacturing facility.
  • July 2015: The manufacturer issues a “corrective action” for the 3T system, with new cleaning instructions and instructions on how to determine whether it is contaminated. The FDA later determines this to be a 3T Heater-Cooler recall.
  • October 2015: The FDA issues a safety communication warning about the potential risk of infections involving heater-cooler units of all types used during open heart surgery.
  • December 2015: The FDA issues a warning letter to the manufacturer of the 3T system, after finding serious violations at facilities in Munchen, Germany, and Arvada, Colorado. The agency issues an import alert restricting the availability of 3T devices to healthcare facilities where its use is determined to be medically necessary.
  • April 2016: European study of an M. chimeara infection outbreak in Germany links all of the cases to the 3T Heater-Cooler system.
  • June 2016: The FDA warns that the 3T heater-Cooler System appears to be linked to infections. Days later, FDA scientists and experts weighed in on contamination concerns related to all heater-cooler systems at an FDA advisory board hearing.
  • October 2016: The FDA updates its 3T System warning and provides recommendations to doctors and patients, calling on doctors not to use any 3T system manufactured before September 2014 unless it is a life-or-death situation and no other system is available.

3T Heater-Cooler Heart Surgery Infection Lawsuits

The open heart surgery attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential lawsuits nationwide for heart surgery patients who have been diagnosed with a M. chimaera infection. These infections can result in the need for additional surgery, long-term antibiotic treatment, permanent injury and death.

In many cases, patients may be unaware that this device was used during heart surgery, and it may have taken more than a year and a half for symptoms of the infection to manifest, so it may be unclear that the infection was linked to the surgical procedure.

If you, a loved one or family member has suffered a M. chimaera infection following open heart surgery, request a free consultation and claim evaluation. All claims are handled on a contingency fee basis, and there are never any out-of-pocket expenses and our attorneys are paid no fees unless a recovery is obtained.


No Fees or Expenses Unless You Receive a M. Chimaera Infection Settlement

Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. is a nationally known injury law firm that is focused exclusively on representing individuals, we do not represent corporations or insurance companies.

Over the course of more than 40 years, our personal injury lawyers have collected more than $1 billion in compensation for our clients in cases of medical malpractice, automobile accidents, product liability and other personal injury lawsuits.

All M. Chimera infection lawsuits will be handled by our attorneys on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket expenses to hire our law firm and we only receive a fee if compensation is secured for our client.

Protect your family and find out if you or a loved one may be eligible for a heart surgery infection lawsuit.  Request a free consultation and case evaluation.

Steps to Find Out If You Have a Case:

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To request a free consultation and M. Chimera infection case evaluation with the lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A., complete the form below and provide information about the infection suffered following heart surgery.

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During the case evaluation, Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. will review the circumstances surrounding the injury and help determine whether financial compensation or an infection settlement may be available.You will have an opportunity to speak with a lawyer and review any questions or concerns before moving forward with a case.

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