Catheters

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A catheter is a flexible tubular medical instrument inserted into vessels, passageways, canals or body cavities for a number of purposes, including injections, the withdrawal of fluids or to keep a passageway open. Relatively inexpensive, catheter-based procedures are minimally invasive and a proven alternative to major surgery.

Unfortunately, catheters can pose a serious risk to patients if they are used improperly by a physician, manufactured incorrectly or not maintained. If a catheter fractures, loose fragments can lead to blood clots, severe infections, or blood vessel ruptures. Without proper medical treatment, injuries can turn fatal. Catheter fractures may also prohibit the device from delivering crucial medications and nutrients to an ill patient.

One of the most common causes of a catheter fracture is compression between the collarbone and a patient's rib. The pressure wears down the catheter, especially when it has been implanted for long-term use, leading to a break.

If you have suffered injuries due to a defective catheter or because of medical malpractice, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

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See Also

  1. Medical Devices & Implants
  2. Blood Clots
  3. Infections
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