Defective Sorin 3-T Devices

Defective Sorin 3-T Devices Used in Chest Surgeries Over the Last Three Years

Outbreaks of dangerous infections have been linked to Sorin 3-T Devices used in chest surgeries such as Heart surgeries, bypass operations, and grafts. The Sorin devices are used to warm or cool patients during their surgeries. Unfortunately, it appears that the devices were contaminated upon shipment to hospitals.

Anyone who has had an open chest surgery within the last three years may be at risk of infections which can take 3-5 years to become symptomatic. This can be deadly. The infections involved are Mycobacteria chimera and Mycobacteria abscessus.  If you or a loved one are being treated for such a problem, you may be entitled to compensation.

However, since these bacterial infections are often difficult to diagnose, it is recommended that any person who has symptoms of an infection after a chest procedure should follow up with their physician again.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever and night sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Redness, warmth or pussy discharge
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss

Not all symptoms need to be present, but due to the deadly nature of these infections, they should be ruled out as soon as possible. Hospitals have been discouraged from using these devices until the risk of infection can be reduced.

If you or a loved one believe you have been injured by Sorin Heater-Coolers after surgery or you would like more information, contact Tomes & Hanratty, P.C. to find out your rights.