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HEATER-COOLER BACTERIAL INFECTION LAWSUITS

Hutton & Hutton is representing individuals who have developed serious infections or are at risk for infections because of a defective device used during open heart surgery. The device is a Stöckert 3T heater-cooler system manufactured by LivaNova. In February 2018, the Federal Court’s Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated lawsuits throughout the United States into multidistrict litigation in Pennsylvania so one Court could preside over the cases pending against LivaNova.

LivaNova PLC Stöckert 3T heater-cooler systems spread bacteria during surgery, leading to serious infections and even patient deaths. The systems are manufactured in Germany. Contamination has been found at the manufacturing plant. Since 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been investigating the devices being linked to an increase in Nontuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM) infections. The FDA and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) have warned about the device.

LivaNova PLC 3T heater-cooler systems are used in the majority of open heart surgeries performed in the United States. Many medical centers, in which open heart surgeries are performed, have sent patients letters advising them that they may have been exposed to the bacteria and are at risk for an infection. Often, there is a long period of time between the exposure and the symptoms of the infection.

Hutton & Hutton is investigating potential claims. To learn more:

https://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2015/ucm479684.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/heater-cooler.html

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