Top 6 Reasons Why Medical Devices Fail

Most hospitals service their medical appliances regularly. If a medical device fails, it may lead to injury or death. In case it hurts you, a medical device attorney can help you seek compensation. Most medical personnel fear to experience medical device failure. Fear hinders them from executing their duties properly.

Fortunately, medical recalls are increasingly becoming common. In 2018, 208 million units were recalled in the first quarter. That’s higher units than previous years. You may think a recall is a bad thing, but a recall is better than waiting for devices to fail and possibly cause harm. But the question still stands, why do medical devices fail?

  1.  Wrong materials

During a product’s design phase, manufacturers may find it necessary to use some materials. However, after designing, they discover that the material isn’t suitable for a specific use. For instance, some materials significantly lower equipment performance.

  1.  Molding failures

Molding failure is common in medical equipment with a variety of plastic elements. If a firm doesn’t detect a molding defect on time before assembling a device, the likelihood of severe breakdown occurring later is high.

  1.  Contamination

New medical devices are usually sealed when delivered to a medical center. Sealing helps in preventing foreign objects from entering the machine. Particular chemicals and substances can cause severe damage to the equipment if not corrected in time.

  1.  Poor manufacturing

Product design plays a key role in the production of a high-quality device. If a poor design is used to manufacture a medical device, it leads to failure and premature breakdowns which shorten the equipment’s lifespan. Some malfunctions may cause damages, injuries and death.

  1.  Stress overload

Most medical devices have a specific amount of pressure that they can withstand. If excessive force is exerted, it will stress the appliance and cause it to fracture. Failure to adjust the stress on time could lead to device malfunction.

  1.  Software

Medical devices are becoming more reliant on complex software to operate. That dependence poses a significant challenge due to correlation between software and cyber-attacks. It’s also challenging because it’s difficult to test software for possible failures.

Although manufacturers need to improve their vigilance by focusing more on premarket testing and post-market management, medical device users have a role to play as well. They ought to ensure that their devices software functions as intended by taking time when acquiring and gathering enough information.

If a faulty medical device hurts you, it’s prudent to contact a medical device attorney. Some law firms offer a free consultation to clients. When hiring the attorney, avoid relying on advertisements only. Instead, reach out to them and ask for vital information such as their experience and qualification.

Are you looking for a medical device attorney? Call Saunders and Walker at 1-800-748-7115 to speak with one.