Anytime a patient undergoes a medical procedure, the doctor is responsible to advise the patient of special instructions. This includes when a patient begins using a medical device such as an implantable defibrillator. These instructions can help prevent unnecessary complications from developing.Additionally, doctors must ensure that they are not using a dangerous medical device on a patient. There have been several recalls over the years because of a defective implantable defibrillator, which doctors should be aware of. Preventing Complications from an Implantable Defibrillator Not only does a patient have to be advised of any possible complications that could arise from receiving an implantable defibrillator but they should also be given special instructions that will help prevent complications.Some of the ways complications can be prevented include:
- avoid vigorous activity immediately after the surgery;
- avoid all contact sports;
- keep cell phones more than 6 inches away from the implanted defibrillator;
- avoid magnets;
- avoid contact with power generators and welding equipment; and
- advise healthcare providers of the implanted defibrillator before using medical equipment. An MRI, for instance, contains a powerful magnet and therefore would be off limits.
While a doctor must ensure that these special instructions are shared with a patient, they must also ensure that their patient is not being given a dangerous medical device, such as a defective implantable defibrillator.If you have been seriously injured because of a defective implantable defibrillator, you may be eligible to file an Illinois dangerous medical device claim. A Chicago defective product attorney can talk to you about the strength of your potential case. Contacting a Chicago Product Liability LawyerThe Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. have tried many cases like yours and understand the intricacies of a product liability claim involving defective medical devices. For a no-cost case evaluation and help preparing your evidence contact us today – 312-263-1080