Recalled Infusion Pumps

What is an infusion pump?

An infusion pump is a medical device that is placed within the body, designed to intravenously administer such things as drugs, food or other needed solutions directly into the bloodstream automatically and preset intervals. It is estimated that thousands of these devices are used regularly by patients at home to deliver precise amounts of insulin, morphine, chemotherapy or other pharmaceuticals into patients that require regular infusions. Over two million of these medical devices are used in hospitals, as well. These infusion pumps use special software to program in how much medication to administer, and at what intervals. This is normally performed by a health care worker or individual using buttons on the infusion pump's built in keypad.

Defective infusion pumps may result in the following injuries:
Who made these defective pumps?

Infusion pumps are manufactured primarily by four companies to include Baxter Healthcare, Abbott Laboratories, Hospira Inc., and CareFusion. From 2004 to 2009, there have been 87 infusion pump recalls, in which 14 were considered potentially life-threatening. In addition, the FDA had received over 56,000 medical device reports regarding the use of infusion pumps from 2005 to 2009. In that time period, the FDA has reported 710 patient deaths linked to the pumps. Manufacturers of the infusion pumps attribute most of the problems to human error, claiming health care workers sometimes enter incorrect data. The FDA, however, attributes many deaths and injuries from these products to product design flaws and engineering defects. One such problem is "key bounce," in which defective software in the pump interprets one keystroke as two different presses of the key. For example, an attempt to dispense two units of a drug would result in 22 units being dispensed.

How to take action...

If you or a loved one was injured by a defective infusion pump, it is important that you take action immediately, as time is of the essence. Call or contact our office today at 727-397-9198 to discuss your rights.
An overdose, which sometimes can be fatal (i.e., an overdose of morphine)
Inadequate amount of the medication (underdose)
Not receiving the medication at the proper time interval
Patient was shocked by the device
Exsanguination (a fatal amount of blood loss)
Air embolism (gas bubbles in the bloodstream - may be Fatal)
Received wrong type of medication or therapy
Suffered trauma (burns, cuts, abrasions, bruising), an infection or an allergic reaction
What is causing these infusion pumps to fail?

The most common problems related to infusion pumps are:
Defects in the software programming
Problems experienced while using the product interface, such as confusing or unclear on-screen instructions
Mechanical or electrical related issues such as premature battery failures, parts breaking under normal use, leaking components, etc.
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