July 16, 2013
Each year, there are numerous cases of people who are injured as the result of using a Defective Medical Device—including children.
A press release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently discussed these dangers, what they are doing to fix the problem, and what consumers should do in the event they discover a fault in a piece of medical equipment they require.
The agency explains that children are especially prone to injuries that are caused by medical devices because of factors such as frequency of use and lack of experience operating the device. Experts say most children tend to experience a treatment using a medical device at some point in childhood. Furthermore, children and adult caregivers may not be capable of operating a device or recognizing the warning signs that a device may fail.
The FDA is combating this problem by implementing stringent regulations and setting up a consumer reporting system.
Individuals who are harmed through the use of a defective medical device are being urged to contact the FDA in order to report the problem they experienced, so the information can be used to determine the potential risks a product may pose.