8 of the Biggest Infusion Pump Fails
Their errors may have not elicited the same horror from the public as metal-on-metal hip implants or vaginal meshes. But infusion pumps have been one of the most recall-plagued medical devices in the past decade. From 2005 through 2009 alone, FDA received roughly 56,000 reports of adverse events linked to infusion pumps. In that time frame, 87 infusion pumps were recalled in the United States for safety reasons. The debacle led to more rigorous usability testing requirements for medical devices writ large. Yet Infusion pumps continue to be implicated in a substantial proportion of Class I recalls.
Here’s a recap of some of the most prevalent infusion pump recalls in recent memory: