April 29, 2010
Patients in hospitals and home care environments often require medical equipment to address and supply their daily needs. However, when a medical device is defective, it can mean serious injury if that device serves a critical function.
That is what has happened with infusion pumps, according to HealthDay News. Infusion pumps are used in hospitals and homes to deliver medications and nutritional supplements to patients. However, 87 infusion pumps have been recalled between 2005 and 2009 due to the risk for defective medical device injuries.
The FDA says the defects such as confusing instructions, safety alarm failures, and failure of mechanical and electrical devices have caused defective medical device injuries, including 500 deaths, and has received more than 56,000 reports of problems in five years.
What do you think should be done about these defective medical devices?