Understanding the Bard PowerPort
The Bard PowerPort, a product of medical equipment manufacturer Bard, is an implanted port device, also known as a port catheter or port-a-cath. This device, typically inserted under the skin of the chest, consists of a small reservoir, or port, connected to a thin catheter. It is designed to simplify the administration of injectable fluids, blood transfusions, chemotherapy, and other medications, reducing the need for frequent needle pricks.
At Alonso Krangle we are working hard to fight for victims of the Bard PowerPort catheters, seeking the justice and compensation they deserve.
The Hidden Risks of Implanted Ports
Despite their medical benefits, implanted ports like the Bard PowerPort are not without their risks. Approximately one in three people experience issues with their implanted ports. These issues include:
- Port Catheter Breakage: The catheter may separate or migrate to other body areas, leading to significant complications. This phenomenon, known as flex fatigue, occurs when a catheter loses its strength through repeated bending, causing the device to deteriorate and break. If shattered fragments of the catheter enter the heart, immediate cardiac surgery may be necessary to remove the shards. This also increases the risk of pulmonary embolism and vascular damage.
- Port Catheter Migration: This refers to the catheter slipping out of the port without breaking. While it is typically simpler to remove when still intact, catheter migration can still lead to serious complications, especially in elderly or more delicate patients.
- Risk of Infection: Over time, some port catheter materials can allow bacteria and other diseases to penetrate through the catheter as its durability declines. This can have catastrophic consequences, especially for patients who are already immunocompromised.
Injuries Associated with Port Catheters
Catheter failure can result in serious injuries, including hemorrhage, hematoma, blood clots, severe and persistent pain, cardiac arrhythmia, perforations of tissues, vessels and organs, pulmonary embolism, infection, cardiac/pericardial tamponade, necrosis, and even death.
The Bard PowerPort Controversy
The Bard PowerPort, approved by the FDA in 2000, was designed to withstand strong injection pressure, simplifying the administration of fluids to patients who need fast injections. However, patients with PowerPort devices may be more likely to experience major problems or suffer harm as a result of catheter failure.
Port Catheter Lawsuits
Numerous lawsuits have been filed against Bard, alleging that the PowerPort catheter device was defectively designed and led to serious injuries. These lawsuits claim that Bard knew or should have known about the high incidence of catheter fractures, migrations, and infections that were recorded among people using the device soon after it was released in 2000.
Recall of Port Catheter Devices
Several manufacturers have recently recalled port catheter devices. Bard announced a Class II recall in March 2021 for their Bard PowerPort catheters due to the risk of catheter malfunction. The recall was issued following reports of severe injuries, including vascular damage and discomfort, when Bard PowerPort catheters were used in operations.
Legal Responsibility for Port Catheter Failure
Medical equipment must be produced to a high standard at all times. Catheter failure frequently occurs as a result of the implanted port device manufacturer’s negligence. They should put safety precautions in place, such as strengthening devices to stop deterioration and ensure their devices are properly evaluated.
If it can be proven that the maker of a medical device was negligent and that this carelessness contributed to your injury, you may be entitled to compensation in a product liability claim. Medical records serve as an important piece of evidence in court.
Contact Alonso Krangle Today to Discuss Your Rights
If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury due to the Bard PowerPort device, it’s crucial to seek legal counsel immediately. The experienced attorneys at Alonso Krangle can help determine liability, gather evidence, assess damages, build a strong case, and navigate the litigation process to get you compensated for your injuries.
Call us today at (800) 403-6191 or complete the form on this page to learn more about this litigation and how to protect your rights.