Drug infusion pump are medical devices which deliver fluids and/or drugs to patients through intravenous means. The fluids or drugs are delivered in regular time intervals through electronic devices interacting with the pump. These are commonly used for cases where the medicine can’t be administered through oral routes (for instance, if the patient has reactions to or is not responding to oral treatment). Common uses of infusion pumps include:
- Administering antibiotics
- Delivering critical nutrients to high-risk patients
- Delivering pain relief drugs
- Administering drugs used to relax muscles or prevent contractions
Drug infusion is sometimes called “infusion therapy”.
Are There Any Health Risks Associated with Drug Infusion Pumps?
Drug infusion pumps are associated with various health risks, including injuries due to:
- Software malfunctions or glitches
- Mechanical failure
- Incorrect instructions (dosages, times, etc.)
- Product defects
In addition, drug infusion pumps are associated with a condition called chondrolysis. This is where the cartilage in the shoulder joint breaks down. This can result in severe pain and stiffness in the shoulder (and other joints).
What If I Have a Legal Claim Involving a Drug Infusion?
Drug infusion pumps and their related injuries have been the subject of various types of legal claims. These typically result in a damages award to compensate the plaintiff for losses caused by the injury. These lawsuits can involve various legal theories, including negligence, and product defects (manufacturing, warning label, and design defects).
Lastly, some chondrolysis lawsuits involve allegations of the doctors injecting drugs into joint spaces due to misinformation from drug infusion pump manufacturers.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Assistance with Drug Infusion Injuries?
Drug infusion injuries can sometimes be serious, and legal action may be required to resolve a dispute. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need any advice, legal information, or representation for your claim. Your attorney can assist you in filing with the court and can guide you through the court process from beginning to the end of your case.