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Medical Device and Equipment Errors & Malpractice

Twenty-first century technology and equipment have a great deal to do with the life-saving miracles accomplished in medicine today. Thanks to modern equipment, many surgeries can now be performed less invasively, with less pain, disfigurement, scarring, and recovery time. However, despite the benefits new technology brings, equipment malfunction and equipment-related medical error can cause significant risks for patients.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 10,000 types of medical devices are available today. Every piece of medical equipment is subject to the possibilities of malfunction, inadequate operator training, or improper procedures and usage. When equipment malfunction and errors occur, patients can suffer injuries or dangerous health conditions.

If you or your loved one has been seriously injured by medical malpractice involving equipment errors, Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. can help. Our Seattle medical malpractice lawyers have the knowledge, skills, and resources to help prove negligence of healthcare providers in your case. Our legal team is dedicated to tenaciously pursuing the full level of compensation deserved in every case we take on.

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Equipment Medical Errors During Surgery

According to Live Science, one in every four surgery medical errors results from equipment or technology issues. Equipment failure accounts for approximately 24% of the 15 medical errors that occur during the typical surgical procedure. Equipment problems during surgery can be broken down into 3 major categories:

  • Problems with configuration and settings (44%)
  • Unavailability of necessary equipment (37%)
  • Malfunctioning devices (33%)

Although the increasing use of technology has made impressive advances in surgical procedures, it also increases the complexity of the processes in performing surgery. New technology opens the door to the potential for a greater number of medical errors involving equipment failure.

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Types of Equipment Medical Errors

Hospitals use a great deal of equipment in treating patients. Heart monitors, blood sugar monitors, IV pumps, anesthesia machines, defibrillators, and many other types of machines are an integral part of the care patients receive while being treated in a hospital. When hospital equipment malfunctions or is improperly programmed, maintained, or operated, it can have catastrophic consequences for the patient.

Various factors can contribute to medical equipment error:

  • Incorrect procedures;
  • Failure to follow procedures;
  • Equipment improperly located;
  • Operator failure;
  • Supplies and materials lacking;
  • Improper cleaning leading to infections;
  • Flaw in the basic design of the equipment;
  • Equipment failure.

A defective IV pump, or one that has been programmed improperly, can overdose a patient on medication with disastrous, if not fatal, results. Hospital equipment can cause serious health problems in addition to the medical conditions for which patients were admitted in the first place. For example, patients on ventilators develop bacterial pneumonia, catheters cause urinary tract infections, and a large number of patients develop infections from the lines that carry medication and hydration while they are in the hospital.

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A Seattle Equipment Error Lawyer Can Help You Pursue a Claim

If you believe you may have a medical malpractice claim due to equipment error, contact us for a free case consultation. Our Washington medical error attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. can explain your options under the law. When you work with our firm, you pay us no fees until we recover compensation for your injuries or health condition. Contact us today at (888) 228-3860.

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