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Defective Medical Devices-Use of IVC Filters in Trauma Patients

The IVC Filter is a product aimed at preventing blood clots in those patients who are at risk. Many physicians implant these Filters in trauma patients as well as those susceptible to DVTs or blood clots, however a new study shows that the success of these IVC Filters are questionable at best. 

These cage-like devices meant to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and blood clots in both trauma patients, as well as those who have a history of blood clots have several dangerous side effects. The side effects of these defective medical devices include, perforation of the vena cava, fracturing or moving of the device inside the body and a number of other problems, some of which could result in death.

A recent study published in JAMA Surgery urges physicians to re-examine the use of IVC Filters in patients. Hospitals and physicians have been habitually implanting the device in trauma patients regardless of whether they had been diagnosed with blood clots. In addition, the IVC Filter is meant to be removed soon after implantation to avoid the further complications they have proven to cause. Approximately only 8% of IVC Filters in trauma patients meant to be temporary were ever actually removed. Filters should be removed within 29 to 54 days of implantation in order to reduce the risk of problems associated with the device including migration, fracture and perforation. In fact, the overall removal/retrieval rate for IVC Filters is approximately 30%. Thousands of individuals have filed lawsuits against C.R. Bard and Cook Medical, the leading manufactures of these devices after experiencing many of the problems that have been associated with the device.

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