Device Maker Settles Lawsuit over Death Caused by Malfunctioning Blood Oxygenation Machine

August 22, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​A Germany-based medical device maker has settled a lawsuit regarding a patient who died after part of a blood oxygenation machine detached, according to an August 14, 2018, article in the Washington Post. According to the article, the patient was admitted to a Connecticut hospital with a bacterial infection late in 2012. She underwent two surgeries, after which doctors determined that her circulatory system would require help from an oxygenation system. Soon after, the blood output connector detached from the machine and, according to the article, sent the patient's blood "pouring onto the floor and splattering the walls."

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