The U.S.  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) describes a medical device as "an instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, contrivance, implant, in vitro reagent, or other similar or related article, including a component part, or accessory which is recognized in the official National Formulary, or the United States Pharmacopoeia, or any supplement to them and intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, in man or other animals, or intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals, and which does not achieve any of it's primary intended purposes through chemical action within or on the body of man or other animals and which is not dependent upon being metabolized for the achievement of any of its primary intended purposes."
Medical devices include machines and devices used to diagnose disease, machines and devices used to treat disease, machines and devices that deliver medication, implants, and virtually any item other than a drug used in medical treatment. 
Most medical devices are safe when used correctly.  But, occasionally a device is not thoroughly tested or does not work as intended.  These defective medical devices can cause injury or death.  If you have lost a loved one to a defective medical device, you may have a wrongful death claim.
The following medical devices have been linked to wrongful death:
• Ancure Aortoiliac System
• Ancure Endograft System
• Arrow Sheath Introducers
• Baxter Dialysis Filter
• Biornet Hip Replacement
• Boston Scientific Express and Taxus Stents
• Boston Scientific Infusion Ports
• Charite Spinal Discs
• Cordis Precise RX Stent
• Dissetronic H-Tron Insulin Pump
• Guidant Contak Renewal Defibrillators
• Guidant Multi-Link Vision Stent
• Guidant Pacemaker
• Guidant Prizm 2 Defibrillator
• Hospitak Airway Adapters
• Medtronic Defibrillators
• Minimed Diabetic Infusion Set
• Minstrel Patient Lift
• Olympus Bronchoscope
• Ortho Evra Patch
• Oxinium Knee Implant
• Shiley TracheoSoft
• St. Jude Aortic Connector
• St. Jude Defibrillator
• Tyco U.S. Surgical Stapler
When wrongful deaths occur due to defective medical devices,  the companies that manufacture and distribute these products can be held accountable.  Filing a Missouri wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the victim died because of a dangerous medical device and that his surviving family is entitled to monetary compensation for their loss. 

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.