Birmingham Medtronic Insulin Pumps Lawyer
Medtronic Insulin Pumps Attorney Serving Alabama
Medtronic has had at least two lawsuits because of their Mini-Med Paradigm insulin pumps.
There have been at least two recalls of the devices due to problems with the pumps, allegedly providing too much or too little insulin. These pumps are used by diabetic patients who need insulin administered to keep their blood glucose at appropriate levels. These pumps are supposed to offer continuous glucose monitoring and notification if and when blood sugar levels are about too high or too low. The issue or concern that has been raised is that these pumps have failed to supply proper insulin doses, and further, they have failed to warn the patients that there was a failure.
So what exactly is a Mini-Med Insulin Pump?
A Mini-Med insulin pump is a small electronic medical device that is close to the size of a phone, this device is fitted with an infusion set that allows the insulin to be properly delivered to the body of patients with diabetes.
Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Patients
Patients with type 1 diabetes produce very little or no insulin, which is supposed to help the body process glucose. Without insulin, the body cannot draw energy from the food we consume. High levels of glucose could cause high blood pressure or even death.
Patients with type 2 diabetes have a resistance to insulin production in their bodies. Either way, diabetic patients will require to be supplemented with insulin to help live normal and healthy lives. There are several ways through which insulin is delivered in the body, such as injection. However, the insulin pump is a part of the advanced medical technology that makes the task easier.
Medtronic is the leading manufacturer of insulin pumps, and they advertise their products as superior. Instead of a needle, their insulin pump has a small flexible tube that sits under the skin. The insulin travels through the tube to the body. They claim that their pumas are accurate and adjustable to ensure the correct amount of insulin is delivered to the body.
According to Medtronic, their device helps control insulin and reduce instances of hypoglycemia.
Potential Side Effects
Some of the potential side effects caused by a defective Medtronic Mini-Med Insulin pump may include the following:
- Death - A defective pump may overdeliver insulin to the body, in this case, a patient may develop high blood pressure, and the result could be catastrophic, even death.
- Stroke - When the brain is deprived of blood supply a stroke may occur, and brain tissues may be severely damaged. Patients with diabetes are at great risk of getting a stroke if their blood sugar levels are not controlled.
- Diabetic Coma - If the patient is deprived of the proper amount of insulin while sleeping, thy could lose consciousness and slip into a diabetic coma, often times with fatal outcomes.
- Hyper and hypoglycemia - When the vent in an insulin pump is broken, excessive insulin may be delivered to the body, this will result in the accumulation of glucose and hyperglycemia. The symptoms of hypoglycemia may include a racing heartbeat, fatigue, severe headaches, anxiety, and confusion.
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If you think that you have been victimized by a Medtronic Insulin Pump you may be entitled to fair compensation. Contact DeGaris Law today for a free consultation regarding your legal rights.
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