A Florida man recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against NCH Downtown Naples Hospital after he was seriously injured by a surgical fire while undergoing pacemaker surgery. The man had his pacemaker surgically implanted on March 19, 2008. When he woke up after the surgery, he discovered second-degree burns all over his chest, neck and one shoulder. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), around 650 people are injured each year in surgical fires, a relatively unknown but potentially deadly and disfiguring risk in the surgical wards of hospitals.
In another news item that will come as no surprise to Florida residents or Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham, the federal government reports that it has received a surge of complaints in recent months about failed hip replacement devices. Researchers are still studying the dangers of some models of artificial hip devices, particularly metal-on-metal types, but early indications suggest persistent and very serious health consequences in association with faulty artificial hips. The Food and Drug Administration has reportedly received more than 5,000 complaints about metal-on-metal hips since January, more than the FDA has received about hip devices in the previous four years combined.
Public Citizen, a national consumer advocacy group, is urging the Food and Drug Administration to issue a recall for a surgical product designed to help women with a common condition called pelvic organ prolapse. The FDA issued a warning about the product in July, and Public Citizen urges stronger action because the mesh device exposes patients to serious health risks and “the potential for permanent life-altering harm.” On average, around 300,000 women have surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse, which happens when the muscles holding the bladder, bowel and uterus in place are weakened or stretched and these organs drop into the vagina.