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Is the FDA Doing Enough to Prevent Stockert 3T Heater-Cooling Device Infection?

Is the FDA Doing Enough to Prevent Stockert 3T Heater-Cooling Device Infection? June 5, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC: The FDA warns that M. chimaera infection may take months or even years to develop. Ironically, after sitting on reports of infection associated with the Stockert 3T heater-cooler system and similar systems during open chest surgeries, it takes the agency months or years to warn the public.
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South Carolina Stockert 3T Lawsuits Won't Head to MDL

South Carolina Stockert 3T Lawsuits Won't Head to MDL May 22, 2017. By Deb Hipp.
Greenville, SC: The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) will not allow a large group of federally filed lawsuits concerning the Stockert 3T heater-cooler system to be consolidated in one court for more efficient handling.
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Stockert 3T Not the Only Heater-Cooler Unit Associated with Infection discovered Years Ago

Stockert 3T Not the Only Heater-Cooler Unit Associated with Infection discovered Years Ago May 2, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC: Over the past few years the Stockert 3T heater-cooler system has come under fire after reports of heart bypass patients developing Mycobacterium chimaera infections were traced back to the device. But Stockert isn’t the only heater-cooler system in use.
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Australian Researchers Urge Sharing Data On Contaminated Medical Devices

Australian Researchers Urge Sharing Data On Contaminated Medical Devices April 17, 2017. By Deb Hipp.
Waltham, MA: Three University of Melbourne researchers have recently published a letter to the editor in the New England Journal of Medicine voicing concern that thousands of patients worldwide could be exposed to contaminated medical devices.
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Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System Letter: Evidence, Explanation or Apology?

Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System Letter: Evidence, Explanation or Apology? March 18, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Seattle, WA: Almost two years after heart bypass surgery Raymond received a letter in the mail. “It said they had used the Stockert 3T heater-cooler system machine during my initial surgery and that there had been problems attributed to that machine,” he says. The letter didn’t say how Raymond should proceed with a Stockert 3T complaint –but his attorney can.
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Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System Confusion and Concern

Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System Confusion and Concern February 19, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Springfield, MA: Many patients recovering from heart surgery and hip replacement surgery have an added hurdle: the risk of a life-threatening infection that may have stemmed from the Stockert 3T heater-cooler system during their operation. Even if they had surgery several years ago, there is reason to be concerned.
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Surgery Patients Demand Monitoring for Potentially Deadly Infection in Class Action

Surgery Patients Demand Monitoring for Potentially Deadly Infection in Class Action February 9, 2017. By Brenda Craig.
Philadelphia, PA The letters sent to recovering cardiac surgery patients was alarming to say the least. A medical device used during their recent heart operation, known as the Stockert 3T, might have infected them with a deadly bacteria that can lay dormant for months or years and then suddenly start to make them very sick.
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More Warnings Sent Out About Stockert Heater-Coolers

More Warnings Sent Out About Stockert Heater-Coolers January 27, 2017. By Heidi Turner.
Pittsburgh, PA: As additional Stockert heater-cooler lawsuits are filed, more warnings are being sent out about the devices, warning patients that they may have been exposed to contaminants thanks to the use of the Stockert 3T devices. Hospitals across the US are sending out letters concerning the potential risk of infection in patients who underwent open-heard surgery procedures that involved Stockert heater-coolers.
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Stockert 3T Infections Widespread

Stockert 3T Infections Widespread January 10, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Nashville, TN: Last October the CDC reported that M. chimaera contamination of heater/cooler devices, of which 60 to 70 percent stem from the Stockert 3T heater-cooler system had been found in Iowa and Pennsylvania. Just one month later, a global outbreak linking the devices was reported. M. chimaera is a rare bacteria, a species of nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM).
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Stockert 3T System “No Easy Fix” and the FDA’s Catch-22

Stockert 3T System “No Easy Fix” and the FDA’s Catch-22 December 27, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC: Reports from both the US and Germany have identified the M chimaera contamination of  heater/cooler devices, of which 60 to 70 percent stem from the Stockert 3T heater-cooler system. But controlling the infection is challenging—to say the least.
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