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What are some signs that your medical device is failing you?

Millions of Americans have been fitted with medical devices over the past few decades, including heart defibrillators, artificial joints and surgical mesh. Sadly many of these life-saving products have garnered less attention for how they can save a patient's life and more attention for how they make take it. You should remain vigilant for signs that you have a defective medical implant yourself.

A new app aims to better inform medical device owners of recalls

When a recall gets issued for food, toys, consumer electronics or other consumer items, you'll often hear it announced on the nightly news. Sadly, there isn't the same degree of proactiveness among media outlets in getting the word out about medical device recalls. A smartphone app that has recently been released on the market may make it easier for consumers to become aware of device recalls though.

Medtronic insulin pumps recalled for cybersecurity flaws

On June 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the recall of various Medtronic MiniMed insulin pumps. It was discovered that they have the potential to be hacked. The recall includes the Medtronic MiniMed Paradigm and Medtronic MiniMed 508 insulin pumps.

3M Dual-Sided Combat Earplugs Lawsuit: "A Resounding Victory Against Manufacturer's Earplugs Causing Hearing Loss."

Loud noises and the military go hand in hand. Whether coming from zooming airplanes, the constant crackling of firing weapons, or the persistent humming of large engines powering battleships, the men and women in the armed forces are under siege by the constant bombardment of noise. To protect service members from irreparable hearing loss, military officials require hearing protection around environments that produce deafening noises.

A circular surgical stapler is recalled after injuring 2 patients

Late last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall of a circular surgical stapler, called Ethicon. The device, which was manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, is considered to be a high-risk Class I recall.

Beware of hacking of your Medtronic pacemaker or defibrillator

Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to patients that have previously been outfitted with Medtronic pacemakers and defibrillators. They noted that their wireless communication systems (WCS) can be hacked into by cybercriminals.

Most medical device recalls are caused by software glitches

A report published earlier this month by Stericycle Expert Solutions, a U.S. company that manages product recalls, highlighted how problems with software resulted in a significant number of recalls of medical devices during the final three months of 2018. This reason mirrors what has been recorded during previous quarters by the company in their "recall index".

Don't Have a Hernia, Man

Have you ever had part of your intestines or other tissues bulge through your abdominal wall? Just reading that sentence feels painful. Luckily if this happens, you are likely diagnosed with a hernia, and a doctor fixes it with simple surgery. In most cases, they install surgical mesh that provides support for the weakened tissue. This mesh can be made of animal tissue, which degrades over time while your body naturally heals itself, or synthetic material that acts as a permanent reinforcement to keep the hernia from reappearing. Unfortunately the mesh can be faulty in some cases and result in further pain, infection, recurrence, obstruction (intestinal blockage), or perforation (a hole in nearby tissue or organs).

The FDA is slated to overhaul its medical device approval process

On Nov. 26, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that they plan to overhaul the vetting system that has been used to approve medical devices for release on the market for the past few decades. The action comes on the heels of reports showing how many previously approved devices have caused consumer injuries.

IVC filters have many complications associated with them

Doctors commonly insert inferior vena cava (IVC) filters into the body's largest vein in order to reduce a patient's risk of developing a blood clot after suffering an injury or having a surgery performed on them. They're used as an alternative to prescription blood thinners for those at risk for either deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or a pulmonary embolism (PE).

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