Catheters Used In Tests, Biopsies, and Surgeries may Break Apart Inside The Body
Millions of medical devices have been recalled due to problems with the end of the device splitting and breaking loose. These devices, called catheters, come in various sizes and are commonly used during surgical procedures to deliver angioplasty balloons, to collect biopsies, and to deliver contrast dye during medical tests. When the end of the device breaks loose, the broken piece may enter the bloodstream, which can lead to serious side effects and sometimes death.
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What is a Catheter?
Medical catheters are tubes made from flexible materials such as silicone rubber, nylon and latex. These tubes are used for a variety of tasks including delivering medications or contrast dyes (during medical tests), delivering devices within the body (such as a stent), draining fluids or gases from the body, or for use in collecting biopsies. Examples include urinary catheters, chest drainage tubes, biopsy catheters and angioplasty catheters.
Several catheter manufacturers have issued recalls on shipments of catheters over the past several years. Cook Medical alone issued a worldwide recall of more than 4 million catheters. At this time, Cook has not been able to identify the source of the problem. “We’ve been investigating a variety of factors including environmental influences and it’s been difficult for us to reproduce the exact failures that our customers have experienced,” said Pete Yonkman, president of Cook Medical.
Arrow International has also issued a recall of catheters warning of the possibility of severe blood loss if the catheter malfunctions. Boston Scientific recalled its Fetch 2 Aspiration Catheter used to remove blood clots from coronary arteries and a catheter from Stryker used to remove fluid and air in heart and lung procedures is also part of an FDA recall. For a more complete list of catheter recalls, visit the FDA web site.
If you suffered serious side effects or a loved one died after getting a biopsy, angioplasty, or medical test, you may be entitled to a cash award. Call the Gold Shield Group toll free at 800-736-9408. Our call center is open 24/7, so call now.