Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler System Illnesses

Open-chest surgery is often required for people in South Carolina suffering from life-threatening illnesses or diseases of the heart or lungs. Understandably, medical procedures that involve such an invasive operation rely on sophisticated machinery to succeed. One of these devices is the Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler System, which is used in hundreds of thousands of surgeries each year. Sadly, this medical product has been linked to illnesses developed by some patients, whose recovery can be severely compromised.

The Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler System is designed to keep three different fluids at three respective temperatures during a surgery. This enables surgeons to protect the heart muscle while they intentionally stop it, which is known as cardioplegia – literally heart paralysis. The Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler System maintains circulation on behalf of the patient to enable the patient's body temperature to stay at a safe level.

Danger As A Result Of Contamination

Unfortunately, potential contamination during the Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler System manufacturing process has left patients at risk for infection. Also, the device's design makes it vulnerable to a different type of bacterium – one that is airborne. As a result, patients who have undergone these types of surgeries could be susceptible to infection:

  • Open-heart surgery, including coronary bypass surgery
  • Transplants of the heart or lungs
  • Any surgery requiring the heart to be temporarily slowed or stopped

The issues surrounding the Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler System have led to major lawsuits. Patients and their families are often focused on the benefits of these major surgeries, and learning that an operation may have introduced an infection can be a major blow. The attorneys at Parham Smith & Archenhold LLC in Greenville have considerable experience with medical malpractice and product liability matters. Call today at 864-990-4581 or toll free at 877-805-6431 to schedule a consultation about your case with our lawyers. You can also contact us online.