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More than 250,000 bypass procedures are completed yearly in the United States using heater-cooler devices. Heater-cooler devices provide a vital function during these operations because they help keep
However, new information has been released indicating that some LivaNova PLC (formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH) Stockert 3T heater-cooler devices, used during many of these surgeries, might have been contaminated during manufacturing which could put patients at risk for life-threatening infections. Ultimately, around 60% of heart bypass procedures in the United States have been performed using these devices.
Purpose of Heater-Cooler Units
As previously mentioned, heater-cooler devices may be used during surgery to control a patient’s body temperature. This temperature control may lead to improved medical care and patient outcomes. The devices have water tanks that provide temperature-controlled water to heat exchangers or blankets which then provide cooling or warmth to the
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