The lives of millions of people around the world rely on the capabilities of the medical field. While we hold this industry to a higher standard, there are times where even medical professionals make mistakes. Medical mistakes from a physician or practice are not the only accidents you need to worry about. Countless people suffer grave injuries from faulty medical devices every single year.
What are faulty medical devices?
A “medical device” is an umbrella term that covers many different items. Essentially, anything used for a “medical purpose” is considered a medical device. There is a wide range of products in terms of invasiveness and risk.
Even simple diagnostic tools such as tongue depressors or bandages fall under this “class one” category. More serious faulty medical device accidents come from the “higher class,” more invasive devices such as infusion pumps or artificial pacemakers. While professionals designed these devices with the health and safety of their users in mind, there are times when these devices fail.
Events of “faulty medical devices” may include times where malfunctions caused the device to fail to help (or even cause harm). The results of this defection vary concerning the device.
Who is at risk for faulty medical devices?
Technically, any medical device can fail, and anyone relying on these devices may fall victim to an accident. While not all accidents are predictable, there are specific devices found more likely to fail than others. Much like vehicle manufacturers compile a list of faulty models to prevent further automobile accidents, professionals share recalled medical devices publically. Some examples of defective medical devices include:
• Da Vinci Robot
• Stryker Hip Replacements
• Transvaginal Mesh
• Knee Cement
• Medtonic Insulin Pump
• Power Morcellators
• DePuy Hip Replacements
• Composix Kugel
If you or a loved one use any of the following, it’s essential to get in touch with your doctor. Even if you don’t experience any adverse symptoms, examining a potentially faulty medical device may catch any damages before they occur or worsen.
What should I do if I believe I am the victim of a faulty medical device?
If you believe you or a loved one may be a victim of any medical mistake, the first thing you should do is get in contact with a medical professional. A medical professional can help you get the assistance you need to keep yourself safe and healthy. It is an important idea to collect any documentation to keep relevant files in case you need to take any further actions. Remember, faulty medical devices are not your fault, and you are often not responsible for damages incurred due to any medical mistake.
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