Vampire-like medical device kills patients
A medical waste device used in operating rooms during surgery sucked the life out of a patient in 2012. It also seriously injured two other patients. The Stryker Neptune Waste Management System was designed to shield medical personnel during surgery from exposure to fluid waste.
But the machine’s “high flow, high-suction vacuum” was accidentally attached to the drainage tube in a patient’s chest after surgery in 2012. The force of suction in the vacuum was strong enough to cause “hemorrhaging” and damage to soft tissue, muscle and vital organs, leading to “serious Injury and death,” according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA).
After it received reports of the death and injuries, Stryker issued a Class 1 recall – only applied to the most dangerous medical devices, in June 2012, for the Neptune waste system involved in the death and injuries, according to Reuters. Stryker expanded its recall of other Neptune waste management systems that September. It admitted the waste management devices in its expanded recall did not have “proper regulatory clearance” from the FDA. The FDA wasn’t able to determine if newer versions of Stryker’s waste management systems were “as safe and effective as their legally marketed predecessor, the Neptune 1.”
How did these devices become so dangerous?
The horrendous death in 2012, and the injuries, occurred when hospital personnel unknowingly hooked the powerful vacuum system to tubes in patients’ chests. “Instructions that came with the system “did not warn against that.
In 2013, the FDA issued an alert urging proper training of clinicians before using two of Stryker’s Neptune waste management systems. The FDA issued the warning after it received reports the systems were associated with more “patient injuries and deaths.” The federal agency said the deaths were caused by “incorrect use of the surgical waste management systems by improperly trained personnel.” Helpless patients paid the price.
In 2015, installation failures caused Stryker to issue a Class 2 recall of its Neptune 2 Rover waste management system. Since 2012, Stryker has recalled more than six of these devices.
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