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Vascular Solutions, Inc. Langston Dual Lumen Catheter Recall

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On March 16, 2020, Vascular Solutions, Inc. initiated a recall of its Langston Dual Lumen Catheter. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has identified this as a Class 1 recall – the most serious type. It means that use of this device could cause serious injury or death. If you have been harmed by this device, the personal injury lawyers at Shebell & Shebell, LLC can help.

Here is what you need to know:

What is the Langston Dual Lumen Catheter used for?

The catheter is used to deliver dye – known as contrast material – into a person’s blood vessels during medical imaging tests, such as angiographies. This allows doctors to see structures inside the body. The device also measures pressure within the blood vessel.

Why was the Langston Dual Lumen Catheter recalled?

There is a potential for the inner catheter in the product to separate inside the patient’s body. If this happens, it can cause serious health problems. A blood vessel could be damaged and surgery to safely remove the separated section could be necessary. Death is also possible. If the inner catheter separates outside the patient’s body, there is also a health risk for the doctor, who could be sprayed with dye, leading to infection that must be treated.

The recall applies to model 6F 5540 catheters manufactured between June 22, 2019 and December 2019 and distributed between July 12, 2019 and March 10, 2020.

What should I do if a Langston Dual Lumen Catheter was used during my procedure?

If you underwent a procedure in which this device was used – or if you are a health-care provider who used this device during a medical procedure – it’s important to talk to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights.

Medical device manufacturers have a legal responsibility to ensure that the devices they sell to hospitals and health-care providers are safe to use on patients. When they fail to meet this responsibility, they need to be held accountable, and victims deserve financial compensation for the harm they have suffered.

Manufacturers and their insurance companies will fight these cases vigorously, however, because they know there’s a lot of money at stake.

How can your personal injury law firm help me?

Our firm has experience handling product liability cases. We start by assessing each case and asking questions about the manufacturing process of the device. For example, could a Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) by the company have led to a safer design? Was there a safety engineering hierarchy in place?

We work with a network of engineering experts who can help us determine why a medical device was defective. Our legal team gathers evidence and interviews witnesses who can help us understand what happened. Our attorneys build strong cases that manufacturers and insurance companies must take seriously.

If you were harmed through the use of a Langston Dual Lumen Catheter at a hospital, clinic or doctor’s office in New Jersey, take action today. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. Our firm has been helping the injured for generations.

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