A medical device is any instrument or machine or piece of equipment that is used to diagnose or treat disease or injury. Medical devices include medical tests, surgical tools, hospital equipment, devices that accommodate disability, machines that deliver medication, implants such as pacemakers, and personal medical devices such as breathing tubes or syringes.
When a medical device is defective, it can pose a serious health risk and may even lead to a patient’s death. This is especially true when the medical device performs a life-sustaining function such as delivering insulin or regulating heartbeat.
The personal injury attorneys at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys represent those who are injured by defective medical devices. We’ve compiled a partial list of medical devices known to cause serious injury. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury due to a defective medical device our product liability and medical malpractice attorneys can help you. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation.
List of Defective Medical Devices M-Z
Medisystems Baxter Dialysis – Blood tubing may be associated with injury or death.
Medtronic Concerto Cardiac Device – May cause injury in patients with congestive heart failure.
Defibrillator Leads – Connector wire may fracture causing electric shock that can result in extreme pain or even death.
Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft - Bone graft may cause injury if used in a non-approved procedure such as neck and spinal surgery.
Medtronic Pacemakers – Wires may separate leading to dizziness, abnormal heartrate or fainting.
Medtronic Quick-set Infusion Set – Device may malfunction causing too little or too much insulin to be released.
Medtronic Shunt – A piece of the BioGlide Ventricular Shunt Catheters may dislodge causing serious injury.
Medtronic SyncroMed Implantable Pump – Pump may stall causing serious injury or death.
Mentor OB Tape Vaginal Sling - Non-woven design deprives tissue of oxygen and may lead to adverse reactions including impaired healing, vaginal extrusion, urinary tract erosion, extreme vaginal pain, vaginal discharge, and infections.
Minimed Diabetic Infusion Set – Malfunctions may cause disruption of insulin flow.
Minstrel Patient Lift – Mechanical problems in hanger bar or foot pedal may cause serious patient injury.
Oxinium Knee Implants – Knee implants may not bond properly leading to infection and other injury.
Pain Pumps – Inter-articular pain pumps may cause deterioration of the cartilage in the shoulder following shoulder surgery.
Panacryl Sutures – Stitches may not absorb into the patient’s body leading to infection and other injuries.
Poligrip – Exposure to high levels of zinc in denture cream may cause severe neurological damage.
Shiley TracheoSoft - Tracheotomy tubes may break apart in the neck and block breathing.
Sierra Pre-Filled Heparin Syringe – Infected syringes were linked to a serious bacterial infection.
St. Jude Bypass Aortic Connector – Problems with the aortic connector are associated with heart attacks, respiratory failure and death.
St. Jude Defibrillators – Lead wires may detach and perforate the heart wall causing serious injury.
Stryker Hip Replacement – Several problems with the hip implants may lead to pain, infection, difficulty walking and squeaky joints.
Thoratec LVAS Heart Pump – A defective lead may cause injury or death.
Transvaginal Mesh – Mesh may cause serious side-effects including erosion through vaginal epithelium, infection, pain, urinary problems, and recurrence of prolapse or incontinence.
Triaminic Vapor Patch – Patch can cause serious injury if eaten or chewed.
Tyco US Surgical Stapler - Staples may fail to close around the patient's tissue or the stapler may fail to release the staples resulting in leakage of fluid or blood. This can lead to serious injury or death.
Zimmer Durom Hip Implant Cup – Implant may cause crippling pain.