IVC Filters Offer No Benefit to Trauma Patients
For years, Inferior Vena Cava filters (IVC filters) were used to help mitigate the risk of blood clots in patients who cannot take traditional blood thinners. An increasing number of lawsuits claim IVC filters are defective, cause serious side effects, and have incredibly high rates of fracture. A new study published in the Journal of The American Medical Association (JAMA) found IVC filters did not provide any benefits to trauma patients.
IVC Filter Usage
Patients who have experienced some type of trauma, like an accident or surgery, cannot take blood thinners to reduce their risk of blood clots because it could cause dangerous bleeding. Instead, surgeons often utilize IVC filters to catch blood clots before they travel into the heart or lungs and cause a life-threatening condition called pulmonary embolism (PE).
The newly published JAMA study advises doctors to rethink the use of IVC filters in trauma patients. The study looked at both patients who had received IVC filters and those who had not received IVC filters and found no difference in mortality rates regardless of whether a filter was used. Doctors also discovered only 8% of IVC filter patients had their device removed within 3.8 years of implantation. The FDA recommends filters removal between 29 and 54 days after implantation to decrease the risk of suffering complications.
The study recommends IVC filter use “should be reexamined because filter removal rates are low and there is increased risk of morbidity in patients with filters that remain in place.”
IVC Filter Litigation
Patients in the various IVC filter litigations believe manufacturers like C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, and Cordis Corporation failed to adequately warn them of the risks associated with the defective medical devices. Thousands of IVC filter lawsuits now seek justice from more than a dozen manufacturers. The first Cook Medical IVC filter lawsuits will go to trial in early 2017.
Blizzard and Nabers: IVC Filter Attorneys
If you or someone you know developed complications due to an IVC filter, please call the experienced defective medical device attorneys at Blizzard & Nabers today. We can analyze your situation and help you understand your legal options.