When you go into a hospital, you should be able to trust that the equipment used is reliable. This, however, is not always the case. Even if the medical practitioners are doing the best job they possibly can, there is still a risk that the medical equipment was not properly manufactured.
Defective medical equipment can cause life-changing, or life-ending, complications. If you are suffering with an illness or injury caused by a defective medical device, contact a dangerous medical device attorney to discuss your options and possible compensation.
FDA Recall: GlydeScope GVL Laryngoscopes
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall of GlideScope GVL video laryngoscopes because the reusable blades can develop cracks and even break off in the patient’s airway. This could obstruct the airway, or the patient may swallow the broken glass.
The laryngoscopes are designed to provide a clear view of the patient’s airway when inserting an intubation tube. These devices were used exclusively by hospitals and certified medical practitioners. They were manufactured between December 2010 and August 2011.
Hospitals and healthcare providers affected by the recall will be able to receive replacements for the recalled medical devices. The recall notice advises any facilities using the blades to stop using them immediately.
What if you are affected by a defective medical device?
If you or a loved one is dealing with injury caused by a defective medical device, you may be able to recover compensation from the manufacturer of the device, the hospital, or both, depending on the circumstances. To discuss the specific details of your case, contact an attorney familiar with medical device litigation and cases like yours.
For a consultation about your case involving a defective medical device, contact an attorney at Gacovino, Lake & Associates. Call us at: 1-800-246-4878.