Equipment Failure

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When medical equipment malfunctions or fails, it can pose serious life-threatening risks to patients. Medical equipment failure, often a result of manufacturing defects or human error is a form of medical malpractice . Unfortunately, equipment failure occurs more often than we think and can lead to devastating consequences including severe injury or even death.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or death as a result of an equipment failure, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit to seek compensation for your losses. Please click here to speak with a qualified attorney who can evaluate your case to determine the best course of action for you.

Medical Error Prevalence

According to a 1999 Institute of Medicine report, 44,000 to 98,000 people die every year as a result of medical mistakes . A more recent study found that 1.5 million Americans are seriously harmed as a result of medication errors annually. In many cases, these drug errors are caused by a combination of doctor/nurse/hospital negligence in addition to equipment failure.

Types of equipment failure

Numerous types of equipment failure, ranging from heart defibrillator problems to malfunctioned IV pumps, could lead to serious injury or death. For example, a common type of equipment failure occurs when an intravenous (IV) pump has a defective valve, which causes too much medication to be administered to a patient over a short amount of time. Anaesthetic machines, blood pressure equipment, cancer diagnostic equipment, x-ray equipment , among others, may fail or be used improperly by medical care professionals heightening the risk of patient harm.

Efforts to prevent equipment failure

Many hospitals around the country are forming safety teams and developing policies to ensure the safe and correct functioning of hospital equipment. This involves maintaining an inventory of equipment based on risk category as well as educating and training all healthcare professionals on the proper use and operation of all medical machines to minimize equipment failure.

Well-informed patients can also help doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals prevent errors caused by equipment failure. Make sure to ask what should be expected from the equipment used on you, including what sounds and actions the machine should make and what its purpose is. Report all suspicious activity immediately.

Have you been injured by an equipment failure?

If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed as a result of equipment failure, you may be entitled to recover financial compensation for your losses and suffering. Please contact us today to speak with a qualified and experienced medical malpractice attorney who can inform you of your legal rights and options.

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