Skip to Content

Get Your FREE Consultation


Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Infections Linked to Contaminated Heater-Cooler Units

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention have issued warnings concerning an increased risk of infection from heater-cooler devices used during open heart and transplant surgery. Heater-cooler devices are used during heart and transplant surgery to heat and cool a patient’s blood and organs to maintain optimum body temperature during surgery. Defective heater-cooler devices have been linked to nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections. Symptoms may not appear for weeks or even years and may lead to serious illness or death.

The CDC recommends that patients who have undergone open heart or transplant surgery should seek medical care for symptoms such as fever, night sweats, nausea, vomiting, swelling, fatigue, weight loss, and muscle/joint aches. Patients who have undergone heart and transplant surgeries are especially susceptible to contracting the bacterial infection due to compromised immune systems.

The Sorin Stocket 3T was the first device approved in the U.S and continues to be the most popular heater-cooler device on the market. In late 2015, FDA investigators inspected a Sorin Stocket 3T manufacturing facility in Munich, Germany and found that contamination of the devices likely occurred during the manufacturing process. The FDA noted several violations and issued a warning letter stating that the company failed to validate a new process for disinfection of the devices which likely led to transmission of mycobacteria.

If you are your loved one has been injured by a heater-cooler device, you may be eligible for compensation. Martin & Jones is investigating heater-cooler claims and filing lawsuits on behalf of injured individuals.  Call 800.662.1234 or reach us by email.

No Win, No Fee

Review Us

Martin & Jones, PLLC logo

“I would like to leave a testimonial thanking Steven and Allison for their care and understanding. Steven’s pursuit and success in getting some compensation for our loss. A final closure of our loss of brother Mike. Thanks to Martin & Jones for looking after Mike’s care since his injury in 2005. You have been there for Mike and his family for a long time. Mike passed in 2016 and you stood for the family up to the present (July 2017). Many thanks.”

Contact Our North Carolina Personal Injury Law Firm

for a Consultation for Your Accident or Medical Malpractice Claim

Call us at 800-662-1234
No Win, No Fee

The law firm you choose makes a difference. If you are the victim of an accident or an illness that someone else caused, the North Carolina personal injury law firm of Martin & Jones has the depth of experience, skills and sensitivity to make your road to recovery as smooth as possible. Whether you have experience with the legal system or have never hired a medical malpractice or personal injury lawyer before, our attorneys and staff will do our best to answer your questions, provide clear advice and prepare you and your family for what to expect. If you would like more information or to meet with one of our attorneys, please fill out the form below or call us at 800.662.1234.