DR. STEVEN NISSEN: THERE IS A CONSISTENT PATTERN OF FAILURE IN MEDICAL DEVICES

Posted by: MedCity.com

Author: Brandon Glenn

The Cleveland Clinic‘s Dr. Steven Nissen, the top cardiologist at the top-rated cardiology hospital in the U.S., recently weighed in on the controversy over medical device failures.  “I think people make the assumption that when their doctor implants a device, whether it be an artificial joint or a pacemaker, that it’s undergone very rigorous testing,” Nissen told CBS News. “That assumption isn’t always true. There is a consistent pattern of failure in medical devices,” he said. CBS noted that Nissen co-authored a report that found more than 2,800 people died in 2006 because of faulty devices.

A new investigation by Consumer Reports could bring even more scrutiny to the device industry. The report states that devices often aren’t tested before they come to market, there’s no “systematic” way for people to spot or learn about problems with devices and there’s not much patients can do about it. Read Full Article Here

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