April 14th, 2015|
After a deadly “superbug” contamination left hundreds of patients ill and fighting for their lives in numerous hospitals across the country, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced they’re taking action to prevent such incidents in the future.
The defective medical device lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain that hospitals are required to vigorously clean all devices and equipment used to perform procedures. Sometimes though, the sanitation steps that are taken just aren’t enough.
Officials have determined this lack of effective sanitation procedures is what allowed a drug-resistant strain of bacteria called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, to be spread through specialized endoscopes.
The devices were used to gather images from inside the bodies of patients to determine what was ailing them. However, when the devices were not being effectively cleaned, patients were exposed to the CRE superbug.
This lack of effective sanitation prompted the FDA to issue a press release with a new set of standards to be utilized when sterilizing medical devices that are reprocessed.
The new standards require more extensive safety testing before the device can be released to the public. Manufacturers of medical devices are also encouraged to take reprocessing into consideration when designing new products.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our personal injury attorneys are hopeful the new procedures being implemented will reduce the rates of hospital-acquired infections in patients after medical procedures.
February 24th, 2015|
For those at risk of life-threatening blood clots, an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter can be an effective treatment. However, these medical devices may put users at serious risk of suffering IVC filter injuries.
An IVC filters is a small medical device inserted into a patient’s veins to prevent blood clots from traveling into the lungs. The devices have been found to be prone to breakage and failure though, allowing them to migrate through the body causing serious harm. IVC filter injury reports range from pain in the chest to organ perforation—and even death.
Many who have suffered IVC Filter injuries have filed lawsuits against the maker of the product. In fact, a settlement was recently reached in one of these cases.
According to the website lawyersandsettlements.com, a Nevada man was recently awarded an undisclosed amount in damages for IVC filter injuries. The lawsuit claimed the patient did not receive proper warnings regarding the device’s dangers. The claims were supported by several studies that showed the dangers of using an IVC filter.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we recognize the know the harm that can be caused by defective medical products, and our attorneys are hopeful this recent settlement brings a sense of closure to the patient who was harmed.