IVC Filter Failure

Clinic gives advice on preventing pulmonary embolism

The Mayo Clinic provides some information about preventing pulmonary embolism, which occurs when a blood clot moves to the lungs. Prompt treatment is necessary to prevent serious complications or death.

Medication is available to prevent the clots that cause pulmonary embolism, but in some cases doctors might recommend a procedure, such as:

Clot removal — If you have a very large clot in your lung and are in shock, your doctor may thread ...

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Devices show promise for treating blood clots

Two studies suggest that removing blood clots from the brain with small nets could improve recovery for stroke victims, according to a BBC report.

The report is based on two studies presented in the Lancet medical journal. The clot retrieval devices are intended to be an alternative to “clot-busting” drugs, which need to be administered hours after a stroke and are not suitable for all patients.

And some medical devices currently used ...

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Warnings issued about IVC filter

An article on TheHeart.org discusses more than 900 reports of adverse events that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received about inferior vena cava (IVC) filters.

According to the report, the FDA has warned clinicians that the devices should be removed as soon as safely possible.

It quotes the following FDA statement: “The FDA is concerned that these retrievable IVC filters, intended for short-term placement, are not always removed ...

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Blood clot filters endanger patients

Of all medical devices, according to an article by the Consumers Union, cardiac devices dominate the list of reports to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of deaths and injuries.

The report spotlights IVC filters, which are placed in the vessel that returns blood from the lower body to the heart to prevent pulmonary embolism — a life-threatening condition caused by blood clots breaking loose and traveling to the lungs. ...

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New technology treats clots more quickly

A report in the Florida Sun Sentinel describes a new treatment for deep vein thrombosis, or a major blood clot. According to the article, DVT claims more lives each year than AIDS and car accidents combined.

The technology is called the EKOS Ultrasound Accelerated Thrombolysis machine, which uses ultrasound waves to distribute a powerful clot-busting medication throughout the blockage.

The report quotes Warren Swee, an interventional radiologist, as saying that EKOS treatment clears ...

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FDA lacks system for tracking devices

According to a report by ProPublica, medical devices have no unique code that would allow the government to track problems.

Although many manufacturers imprint a serial number on their devices, there’s no standardized system that would enable the government to easily monitor them. And critics say this gap in FDA oversight has contributed to numerous high-profile cases of medical devices malfunctioning in recent years – injuring and even killing patients.

For example, the ...

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