An alarming new study published earlier this month in the American Journal of Infection Control indicates that the bacterial contamination of heater-cooler units such as the Stockert 3T is more widespread than previously thought. Furthermore, there are other strains of bacteria beyond the one that has been at the center of concern.
M. Chimaera Infections Are Not Always Immediately Apparent: Symptoms Can Appear Up To Seven Years After Surgery
Open-heart surgery patients whose surgical teams employed the Stockert 3t Heater-Cooler device during the procedure are at risk for developing a dangerous, life-threatening infection up to seven years later.
Unless someone you know has been injured, made ill or died because of a defective drug or medical device, you have no way of knowing about the dangers until either the FDA or the manufacturer issues a public recall notice. Sadly, sometimes hundreds or thousands of people suffer before the agency charged with protecting the public gets around to warning us. Case in point: the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System.