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 Kansas City personal injury attorneys at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys represent those who are injured by defective medical devices in Kansas and Missouri. 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 A-C
Alaris Infusion Pumps – A sensitive keypad on the device may cause drug overdose
AMO Healon D OVD – This eye surgery device was recalled because of contamination that may cause eye inflammation or Toxic Anterior segment Syndrome (TASS)
Ancure Guidant Endograft System Stent – The stent may malfunction or fail requiring open-heart surgery.
Animas Insulin Pump – Pump was recalled because a defective battery cap could cause the pump to stop administering insulin causing hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia.
Bard IVC Filters –The device has high failure rate. It may break apart in the body causing serious injury and death.
Baxter Dialysis Filter – Chemical contamination of the filter has been linked to deaths.
Baxter Infusion Pumps – Damage to the battery may lead to interruption of drug delivery.
Baxter Meridian Hemodialysis – Tubing problems may cause death and serious injury
Biomet Hip Replacements – Implants may fracture causing injury and requiring surgical replacement
Biosite Triage Cardiac Panel – The test may produce a false negative and fail to diagnose a heart attack.
Bjork Shiley Heart Valve – Strut fractures may cause death or serious injury.
Boston Scientific Enteryx Device – Injection errors may cause serious injury and death.
Boston Scientific Express Stent – Balloon may fail to deflate leading to medical complications or death.
Boston Scientific Flextome – End of device may detach causing injury. Surgery is required for removal.
Boston Scientific Infusion Ports – Port may leak drugs into unintended parts of the body. Blood may flow up the catheter to the reservoir.
Boston Scientific NexStent – Tip of implanted device may break off leading to stroke, blood vessel damage or death. Injuries require emergency surgery.
Boston Scientific Taxus Stent – Stents are linked to an increased risk of blood clots and heart attacks.
Charite Spinal Discs – The device is linked to increased pain.
Cochlear Implants – Children with cochlear implants should be monitored because of an increased risk of bacterial meningitis.
Composix Kugel Hernia Patch – The hernia patch may cause painful bowel perforations, chronic enteric fistulas and infections. These injuries may be life-threatening.
Cordis Precise RX Stent – Use of the stent may lead to comas, seizure and stroke when used in vascular patients. Stent may also cause air embolisms.
Corlink Device – The device may cause colluded arteries, and could cause heart attacks, respiratory failure and death.