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Birmingham Getinge/Datascope Cardiosave Devices Lawyer

Getinge/Datascope Cardiosave Devices Attorney Serving Alabama

As a law firm specializing in defective medical device litigation, we understand the legal complexities that arise when medical devices are recalled. The recent recall by Datascope/Getinge of certain Cardiosave Hybrid and Rescue Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps (IABP) has significant legal implications for healthcare facilities, professionals, and patients.

Recall Background:

The Getinge/Datascope Cardiosave Hybrid and Rescue IABP recall was initiated due to potential malfunctions that could compromise the circulatory support provided by these devices to patients with severe cardiac conditions. This recall has raised concerns about patient safety and may result in legal challenges for healthcare providers and patients who have been impacted by the use of these devices.

There have been at least two (2) FDA Class 1 recalls of the devices due to following issues.

  • The Cardiosave Hybrid Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) and Cardiosave Rescue Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump demonstrated failure because of the balloon bursting, leaking or being tore and causing a “blood back event”
  • The coiled cable connecting the display and base may fail, leading to an unexpected shutdown and inability to restart.

The Datascope recall is Class I, the most serious type of recall, indicating that there is a reasonable probability that the device could cause serious injury or death. In the event a loved one has passed, a Birmingham wrongful death lawyer can help.

Cardiosave HYBRID Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump

Cardiosave RESCUE Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump

So what exactly are the CardioSave Hybrid/Rescue Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps (IABP)?

The CardioSave Hybrid/Rescue Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps (IABP) are cardiac (heart) assist devices used with patients undergoing cardiac and non-cardiac surgery, and to treat adult patients who have acute coronary syndrome or complications of  heart failure.

IABPs are therapeutic devices that control blood flow from the heart by helping the heart pump more blood. The electromechanical systems are used in health care facilities to inflate and deflate intra-aortic balloons, for acute coronary syndrome, cardiac and non-cardiac surgery, or complications of heart failure in adults. A thin, flexible catheter connects a balloon to a computer console. The balloon is positioned in the aorta. The pump is then set to make the balloon inflate and deflate in accord with the cardiac cycle.

The Getinge/Datascope devices are used on adult patients in healthcare settings and help treat acute coronary syndrome, heart failure complications, and are implemented during both cardiac and non-cardiac surgery.

Potential Side Effects

Some of the potential side effects caused by a defective Cardiosave Hybrid Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump IABP and Rescue IABPs may include the following:

  • Device shutdown, potentially leading to hemodynamic instability (unstable blood flow), organ damage or death.
  • Release of helium gas bubbles (gas emboli) in to the patient’s blood, potentially damaging organs including the brain.
  • Patient blood loss.
  • Contamination, exposing the patient, users and maintenance personnel to biohazards, bacterial diseases and viral diseases, including hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.

Get a Free Consultation with an Cardiosave Hybrid Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump IABP and Rescue IABPs Lawsuit Attorney

If you think that you have been victimized by a Datascope Cardiosave Hybrid Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump and Rescue IABPs you may be entitled to fair compensation. Contact DeGaris Law today for a free consultation with a Birmingham defective medical device attorney regarding your legal rights.

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