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By Jane Mundy
A number of surgical procedures involving operating room equipment result in operating room injury. Although most surgeries are successful, some can go wrong and they are often not the result of the surgical team. Most common are burn injuries from OR fire, which can be caused by defective medical equipment. If you were injured during surgery and believe it was caused by a defective medical device, you should speak to an operating room injury lawyer.
Operating room injury lawsuits are product liability cases where a personal injury has occurred due to defective OR equipment. A successful OR injury lawsuit must prove that the equipment was defective and directly caused injury or death. Medical device manufacturers may be liable for damages if: (1) the product has a defect in the design that causes injury and (2) the manufacturer failed to recall a product found to be dangerous.
Operating Room Injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 51 million inpatient surgical operations were performed in the US in 2010. The operating room environment is considered a potential fire hazard. Statistics indicate that hospital burn injuries are increasing: A 2003 report by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations indicated that 100 surgical fires are reported each year, resulting in up to 20 serious injuries and one or two patient deaths. By 2008, The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System reported that OR fire accidents affect between 550 and 650 patients a year. And it is believed that some OR fires are not reported. Although the FDA has set guidelines regarding hospital fire safety, hospital injury lawyers are investigating an increasing number of hospital burn lawsuits.
Operating Room Fire Injuries
Causes of Hospital Fires include three factors:
Electrosurgical tools called "Bovies" start about 70 percent of all surgical fires. These tools use a high-frequency electric current to cut tissue or stop bleeding. About 20 percent of hospital fires are sparked by burrs, defibrillators, hot wires or light sources, while approximately 10 percent are ignited by lasers. DaVinci Surgical Robot Injury The daVinci surgical robot, used in many surgeries across the US, was designed to make surgery less invasive. But DaVinci robot lawsuits against Intuitive Surgical, the manufacturer, claim that flaws in the design have caused serious complications, permanent injuries and death. Most reports involve burns to internal organs and intestines, some of which were not apparent until after surgery. In February 2013, the Da Vinci system was involved in 70 patient deaths, according to Bloomberg News.
After Intuitive admitted that not all components were tested according to standards of compliance, the FDA in 2013 conducted a Class II recall of 30 components used in the technology.
A personal injury was filed in July 2015 by an Oregon man claiming he was burned by powerful surgical lights during toe surgery. The Oregonian reported that the man filed an $805,000 lawsuit against the Marion County hospital. Acording to the Associated Press, in January as many as 2,100 patients may have been exposed to intense ultraviolet radiation in three operating rooms over a 14-month period. The hospital had replaced halogen lights in its operating rooms — but not filters designed to screen out UV radiation — in September 2013.
Surgical Lights Injury
Endoscopic procedures have been linked to the spread of drug resistant bacteria. In 2009 the FDA began to review sterilization procedures in order to determine how best to reduce the risk of contamination. Two years later, healthcare providers were issued guidelines addressing the rise in incidents where patients contracted drug resistant bacteria following endoscopic procedures. In 2013 the CDC found a link between the use of endoscopes and the spread of carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae. Further, the CDC recommended to healthcare that they disclose the risk of infection to patients considering endoscopic procedure.
Endoscopic Procedures Injury
The Trocar or Veress needle used in laparoscopic surgery has been linked to bowel injury, a rare but serious complication of laparoscopic surgery. The FDA in 2003 advised Trocar manufacturers and device regulators to provide better information on the inherent risks associated with trocar use, including clear, complete, and accurate trocar use information with each product sold.
Operating Room Equipment Injury Legal HelpVictims in operating room injuries involving the above OR equipment should consult with an experienced operating room injury lawyer. If you or a loved one has suffered similar damages or injuries, please click the link below and your complaint will be sent to a personal injury lawyer who may evaluate your claim at no cost or obligation.
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