Doctors and nurses are integral workers who keep their patients healthy and safe. Though their education and experience support the important work that they do, they also rely on medical tools and devices to perform their jobs. Without technological advancements in medical care, many Texas-based medical professionals would struggle to provide necessary care to their patients.
However, as more medical devices are released into the market, there are more opportunities for problems to occur and to impact patient health. When a medical device is found to be defective, it may have inflicted pain and suffering upon patients who expected it to offer them treatment or relief. Defective medical devices may also result in patient deaths.
Defects in medical devices can take on different forms, and this post will examine some of those forms. Readers are reminded that no part of this post should be read as legal or medical advice. All questions regarding defective medical devices should be directed to attorneys who provide representation for such victims.
Defects based on design
The design of a product can impact its use and functionality. When a product is designed well, it is both capable of accomplishing the job it was made to do and able to do that job safely. In some instances, medical devices may be designed in ways that are dangerous in their intended uses. When this happens, patients can suffer serious losses.
Defects based on manufacturing
A safely designed product can become a dangerous medical device if it suffers issues during the manufacturing process. Manufacturing can involve the production of the product, the incorporation of components into its building, and the assembly of its parts. If a well-designed product is poorly manufactured, it can become a danger to those who use it.
Defects based on marketing or warnings
Some dangerous products are both well-designed and safely manufactured. The problems for these products are introduced in how they are presented to consumers and what, if any, warnings the include. A product, for example, may be safe if it is used as the designer intended, but may become a danger to individuals if it is used in a varying manner. If the product does not include information on its intended use and warnings about dangers associated with its unintended use, a patient may be seriously harmed by a dangerous medical device.