Hospitals should be some of the safest places around. After all, we go there when we are struggling, injured, and often at our most vulnerable. Unfortunately, injuries sometimes occur within the walls of hospitals. Faulty medical devices are often the cause of these injuries, leaving patients in worse shape after treatment than before. The FDA recently cited twelve well-known hospitals for failing to report patient deaths. In this post, we’ll outline what you need to know about faulty medical devices and the risks they pose.
The Dangers of Faulty Medical Devices
The most common culprit in these recent cases is a specific type of scope. Doctors insert these flexible tubes through the mouth and into the intestines to diagnose diseases. Contaminated scopes spread serious infections which have killed at least 35 people since 2013.
Other recent stories about faulty medical devices warn about the risks of power morcellators. Doctors use these devices to perform hysterectomies. Researchers link them to cancer in the pelvis and abdomen. Open-heart surgery tools like heater-cooler units are another potentially dangerous device. Many patients experience infections when doctors use these tools.
FDA citations will hopefully lead to improvements in these medical devices and greater hospital safety measures. While none of the hospitals cited for using these faulty devices are located in Utah, there is always risk involved in invasive surgeries.
Utah Medical Malpractice Lawyers
At Christensen & Hymas, our attorneys represent injured clients in their accident cases. If you are injured or otherwise harmed by a faulty medical device, you may be eligible for compensation. We can help you build a strong case so that you can receive the help you need to recover both physically and financially. If one of your loved ones dies as a result of medical malpractice, then we can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit. We will do whatever we can to help you get what you need.
If you are interested in a free, no-strings-attached consultation about your injury case, please contact us today. We are ready to help in whatever way we can.