What is the 3T Heater-Cooler System?
The Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System is a medical device that regulates your body temperature during cardiac surgeries. Essential for life-saving surgeries, the device keeps circulating blood and organs at a constant temperature by heating and cooling the body during open-heart surgery.
In simple terms, the heater-cooler units keep your body at a constant temperature by providing temperature-controlled water to heat exchangers through closed circuits thus warming your body. The water never comes in contact with your body, but the three water tanks are potentially creating mycobacterium chimaera, a potentially deadly, but slow-growing, bacterium to those with open wounds and low immune systems. Vapors exiting the device’s exhaust vent are polluting the air with bacterium could then enter the open wound during surgery.