The medical technology company CareFusion, based in San Diego, has issued a recall of nearly 10,000 units of an infusion pump it distributed in 2012 and 2013, according to Medscape.com. The company reports that customers were experiencing errors regarding the computer unit paired with the 9.12 software version of the product.
Infusion pumps operate by delivering medication and fluids into a patient’s body; they can do so in programmed amounts and at programmed times throughout the day. Some pumps are used to feed patients who would be otherwise unable to eat; others are used for injections of substances such as insulin. Infusion pumps are a critical part of any modern medical practice.
The recalled units were distributed between September of 2012 and March of 2013. The pumps were experiencing a problem wherein the computer screen would freeze up, leaving the user with no other option but to power down the machine. According to the company, “serious injury or death” is possible due to the error; when the machine is powered down, all intravenous transfusion of fluids ceases, a very dangerous situation for those who rely on the pump while in the hospital.
CareFusion is in the process of updating the units, which they estimate to comprise about 2% of their entire available product line.
If you have been affected by CareFusion’s faulty product, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim against the company. You can look over our personal injury law firm’s medical malpractice blog, as well as read some of our personal injury attorney’s articles on product recalls.
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