For many years, transvaginal mesh has been used as a means of strengthening the structure of the vaginal wall. While the use of this flexible patch is primarily for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, there are other conditions where it might be medically appropriate.
The problem with defective medical devices is how quickly they can become a danger to the people who need them. Imagine a child who needs an inhaler for asthma, for example. To get the medicine out of the vial, you must compress it within the handheld unit. If that unit fails, compresses it for too long or the button doesn't depress correctly, the child may not get the right amount of medication. That could lead to life-threatening complications of asthma.
Medical device software is an important part of the medical industry. The software is required so various devices can operate effectively. If the software fails at any point it can lead to various issues with the patient. Today, we will discuss safety surrounding medical devices when it comes to the technology being used on a regular basis.
Earlier this month, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced their intention to set up a registry of former service members' implanted medical devices. The VA will manage the new database along with the assistance of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Defense. (DoD)
Getting old is never fun. There are parts of your body that just decide to stop working properly. Even if you are not that old you might need to have a medical device installed to help you walk, help your heart beat or help you maintain a proper sugar level. Whatever the reason, these devices can fail. They might also be the subject of a recall notice. Here are some tips for handling a medical device recall notice in Nashville.
Would it shock you to know that 8 percent of medical devices -- including things like plates, surgical mesh and screws that are meant to be inserted inside the bodies of patients -- are fakes?
You never want to hear the bad news that you need to undergo knee replacement surgery. Even if you realize this can change your life for the better, it's a major procedure that is sure to bring forth a variety of challenges.
If you opt for any type of hip replacement surgery, you expect to feel better after the procedure. Sure, there is a recovery period, but as the days go by, you hope to regain the level of health you've been expecting.
A medical device recall can typically be started by the company that made the device, as a voluntary recall, or by the government. Many companies, when they learn of issues that would mandate a recall, will simply issue it on their own to avoid having one issued by the government, but this is not always the case.
As was the case with DePuy hip replacements, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may order that a medical device manufacturer either temporarily or permanently remove its product from the market.