Insulin Pump Overview
While there are many different kinds of external infusion pumps in existence, insulin pumps were designed for diabetes patients in need of consistent insulin delivery to their bodies, eliminating the need for multiple painful injections. Different models of pumps have been designed to deliver insulin to the patient in different ways, but, in recent years, more and more problems have been reported with use of these medical devices.
Problems with the Medtronic Insulin Pumps
Over the years, there have been thousands of instances of problems with different models of infusion pumps. Over 50,000 reports of serious events, including numerous injuries and deaths, were associated with infusion pumps between 2005 and 2009 alone. Different problems continue persist into the present day, endangering patients’ health in numerous ways.
It is often the case that Medtronic infusion pumps have defective software that fails to display accurate information to the user. These defects can lead to over- or under-infusion; fail to alert the user of certain problems, and other dangerous situations.
Design and Engineering Problems
The most recent and dangerous recalls have taken place after a flaw in the design seriously affected the device’s functionality. Pump problems include O-ring leaks, air bubbles within the infusion line, clogs in the plastic lines, and more.
Many insulin pump users become confused when the device fails to display the correct information on its screen. It can become unclear to the user just how much insulin they need to intake, or how to administer it properly.
Your Legal Rights
Many patients who are prescribed Medtronic insulin infusion pumps have suffered a misdosage of insulin during use, which can lead to serious health complications and even death. While many different models have been recalled by the FDA, Medtronic has not recommended the replacement of certain pumps in users, keeping them at risk for injury or death with sustained usage.
If you or a loved one has suffered adverse effects after the use of a Medtronic infusion insulin pump, do not hesitate to contact Brayton Purcell LLP today. We are committed to protecting our clients and fighting to hold manufacturers accountable for defective medical devices.