St. Jude Medical is urging doctors to contact patients who have received implanted heart defibrillators after two people lost their lives due to a faulty battery that failed without warning. While the company is not recommending that doctors remove the device, they advise them to reach out to patients in order to check them out and confirm that the battery is functioning properly.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, if the defibrillator is functioning properly, it is supposed to give a warning alert, called an Elective Replacement Indicator, three months before the battery runs out entirely. The problem with the defibrillators in these two cases is that the batteries die without any warning. When this happens, the device is unable to provide the electric shock, or the pacing that can save the patient’s life in the event of a cardiac episode. The St. Jude Medical Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) and the Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator (CRT) are the affected devices.
Those Most at Risk of Defective Medical Devices in Delaware
The FDA warns that the patients most at risk are those who depend on pacemakers and are most likely to require life-saving shocks. Aside from the two fatalities, another ten patients fainted when their device could not provide the proper pacing therapy due to a prematurely depleted battery. An additional 37 patients reported feeling dizzy.
According to St. Jude, most of the devices function properly, including battery function, so few patients experience any serious issues. However, any patient whose device gives a warning alert should receive immediate medical attention. St. Jude does not recommend replacing the device unless the physician feels it is necessary. Patients can visit this site to learn if theirs is one of the effected devices.
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If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a defective product in Delaware, such as the faulty battery that caused the problems with the St. Jude defibrillator, you are urged to contact the Delaware product liability lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC as soon as possible. Our dedicated and skilled legal team will determine who is responsible for your injury and will hold the negligent parties responsible for their actions. We will fight to secure the maximum financial compensation that you deserve. Protecting your rights is our top priority and we will not stop until justice has been served. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 302-888-1221 or contact us online.