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June 2012

For Consumers: Dangerous Infusion Pump Still in Use

By David Kulwicki|2016-03-08T21:20:08+00:00June 18th, 2012|Patient Safety|

The FDA expanded a recall for the SIGMA Spectrum Infusion Pump Model 35700, since additional pumps have proven defective.  These pumps are used for infusion of fluids, drugs and other solutions.  The defect causes the pump to "fail suddenly causing inaccurate flow conditions during use, ranging from back flow to over-infusion, including free flow." Further, "[t]he pump does not issue an alarm when [...]

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May 2012

For Consumers: When An Apology Isn’t Enough

By David Kulwicki|2019-03-18T22:03:07+00:00May 30th, 2012|Patient Safety|

For consumers who have suffered injury or wrongful death of a loved one due to medical malpractice, often an apology isn't enough.  As medical expenses and other bills mount, and disability or death prevents a return to work, an apology cannot make up for the devastating economic consequences of a healthcare catastrophe.   Even worse, apologies by healthcare providers [...]

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For Consumers: Trouble for “Liberation Therapy”

By David Kulwicki|2019-03-18T22:03:08+00:00May 16th, 2012|Patient Safety|

For consumers with multiple sclerosis (MS), the so-called "liberation therapy" seemed like a magic bullet.  Not so fast, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The FDA recently issued an alert warning about injuries and deaths associated with the use of the liberation procedure to treat MS. Liberation therapy was developed to treat chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI).  [...]

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