Defective Catheter Lawyers
Catheters used in medical procedures may break and can migrate through the body. If you’ve been injured by a defective catheter, you may be entitled to significant compensation.
Catheters Causing Serious and Fatal Injuries
Thousands of adverse event reports have been filed with the FDA over potentially defective catheters. Patients are being seriously injured and even killed when catheters used during surgical procedures break or separate and travel through the blood stream to damage organs and cause serious injuries.
Some of the most common injuries reported in catheter adverse events include:
- Heart attack
- Blood clots
- Organ damage
- Emergency surgery
What’s the Problem with Catheters?
Millions of catheters are in use at any given moment in the U.S. They are used for a multitude of reasons, but many of those under recall are used for medication administration, injecting contrast dyes, and removing small blood clots from arteries and veins. However, many adverse event reports claim that catheters are not functioning properly, not draining fluids, or not administering medicines and fluids in the proper way, causing significant health problems.
In fact, more than 5,000 adverse events reports have been recorded over the last ten years, including reports of catheters breaking, getting stuck, and migrating, causing patients serious harm and even fatal injuries.
FDA Issues Class 1 Recalls for Dangerous Catheters
Class 1 recalls are the most severe type of recall issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They are used in situations where the agency believes there is a risk that use of the product will cause serious injury or death. Six Class 1 catheter recalls were issued in 2017 alone, involving hundreds of products.
10/25/17 – Class 1 Recall: OriGen Biomedical Medical Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheter – Used in patients undergoing life support procedures like cardiopulmonary bypass surgery, the catheter was recalled because of the extension tube may separate from the hub connection, which can cause serious injury including loss of blood, prolonged hypotension, low cardiac output and cardiopulmonary arrest.
9/25/17 – Class 1 Recall: Spectranetics Corp. Bridge Occlusion Balloon Catheter – Used in lead extraction surgeries, the catheter was recalled because some device units may have a blocked guidewire lumen which could cause the device to be improperly positioned and unable to control hemorrhage, delaying life-saving treatment that may result in serious injury or death.
6/22/17 – Class 1 Recall: Teleflex’s (TFX) Vascular Solutions, Inc. Venture® Catheters – designed to steer, control, and support a guide wire, the recall was initiated due to the possibility of the tip separating during use, allowing excess material to migrate, which could cause serious injury including embolism.
6/21/17 – Class 1 Recall: Vascular Solutions Inc. Venture Catheters – Designed to steer, control, direct, and support guidewires when accessing arteries and veins in the heart muscle, arms or hands, feet or legs, and to administer fluids or medications into the blood, the recall was initiated due to risk of catheter tip splitting or separating during use, potentially allowing excess material at the top to enter the bloodstream, which can cause serious injury, including blood clots, embolism of the material to vital organs, and death.
5/19/17 – Class 1 Recall: Abbott Vascular Coronary Catheters – used in cardiac procedures involving balloon dilation. Recalled after 19 reports of patient injury and one report of death due to issues removing the protective balloon sheath, which can cause serious injury, including air embolism, heart attack, arterial clots, and death.
5/15/17 – Class 1 Recall: ReFlow Wingman 35 Crossing Catheters – used to access veins and arteries and administer medicines or fluids, the recall was initiated due to the catheter tip separating or splitting during use, which can cause serious injury, including damage to the walls of the blood vessel, the development of clots, embolism, heart attack and death.
Millions more dangerous catheters made by many different manufacturers were recalled during 2015 and 2016.
We Can Help
If you or a family member suffered serious injury, including clots, blood vessel damage, embolism, heart attack, or if your loved one died because of a catheter breaking or pieces migrating to other areas of the body, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries and losses.
For decades, we have fought for the rights of patients harmed by defective devices and dangerous medications and we stand ready to fight for you now. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help and if you are entitled to compensation.