Venture Catheters Lawsuit
Vascular Solutions issued a recall for thousands of Venture Catheters. The FDA received reports that these devices split or separated during a procedure. Those who experienced this side effect may be eligible to file a Venture Catheters lawsuit to obtain financial compensation for their medical bills and other injury-related damages.
About Venture Catheters
A Venture Catheter is for directing, steering, controlling, and supporting a guidewire to access veins and arteries in the arms, legs, hands, feet, and heart muscle. Other models could administer saline fluids or drugs into blood vessels. The main design function of the device is guiding a wire through blood vessels during catheterization procedures. These procedures normally happened during heart and other vascular surgeries. The tip on the device could angle up to 90º, which helps the catheter maneuver around sharp corners and access difficult-to-reach blood vessels.
Two of the device models (Vascular OTW 5821 and Venture CS 5822) may also be used for manual delivery of a saline solution or diagnostic contrast agents.
Venture Catheters Recall
In October 2017, the FDA announced a Class 1 recall for more than 7,000 Venture Catheters sold in the United States. Vascular Solutions is recalling the Venture catheter because there is a risk of the catheter tip splitting or separating during use. Excess material at the tip of the catheter may separate and could enter the patient’s bloodstream. This can develop blood clots and embolisms to vital organs or death.
The recall included all unexpired lots of the:
- RX Catheter (Model 5820)
- OTW (Model 5821)
- CS Catheter (Model 5822)
Vascular Solutions manufactured these devices from May 7, 2015, to March 31, 2017, and distributed nationwide from May 7, 2015, to April 19, 2017. For a full list of affected product codes, click here.
A Class I recall is the FDA’s most serious recall category and indicates that use of a medical device poses a significant risk of acute injury or death.
The Venture Catheters recall happened since the excess material at the tip of the catheter could split or separate and enter a patient’s bloodstream during a procedure. Such an occurrence could result in serious complications and injuries, including:
- Blood Clots
- Embolism of catheter pieces in vital organs
Additional Catheter Manufacturer Recalls
Cook Medical, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, and Centurion are a few of the manufacturers that have recalled many catheters of various models. In March 2016, the FDA issued a Class I recall for Boston Scientific’s Fetch 2 Aspiration Catheter due to a risk of shaft breakage. The thrombectomy catheter removes small blood clots from coronary arteries during surgery. According to the alert, Boston Scientific manufactured the 21,155 affected devices between June 11, 2014, and February 19, 2016.
The FDA issued another Class 1 recall on December 9, 2016. However, this one involved the Centurion Convenience Kit containing Multi-Med Single-Lumen Catheters. This recall also involved problems with an excess of materials at the tip of the catheter. The extra material can enter a patient’s bloodstream.
If Your Catheter is Part of the Recall
Therefore, if your surgeon used Venture Catheters and experienced a complication, contact us today. We will reach out to your doctor and find out if you have the recall device. Patients harmed by this device may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, wages lost and other damages. Contact us today for a free consultation.
How We Can Help
When you experience side effects, it can have devastating effects on your entire life. In fact, you may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and damages. The types of losses that can be recovered include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of an ability to work; and
- Pain and suffering
Furthermore, if a person dies from complications, family members may be able to recover damages for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses prior to death
- Loss of economic support; and
- Loss of companionship
Also, if a suit finds the conduct of a company in manufacturing and selling a product to be highly reckless, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the company and deter similar conduct in the future. Case evaluations are free of cost and without obligation. Therefore, call us today at (877) 513-9517 or contact us online to speak with an attorney about your options. We may be able to get you the help you need.