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What is Bard’s PowerPort Device?

Bard outlines its PowerPort as a special type of implanted port device that withstands higher injection pressures than a normal port, which is ideal for fluids that require rapid injection. This implanted port device, or port-a-cath, allows medical professionals to easily access a patient’s bloodstream for regular intravenous therapy or injections of medicine.

It consists of two parts:

  1. The Port, implanted underneath the skin on an arm, or in the chest, allows easy access for injections and is made of a self-sealing material that allows multiple needle punctures.
  2. The Catheter is a small, soft tube connected to the port, and is installed inside one of the large central veins that take blood to your heart.

 

To use the PowerPort, medical professionals need to use a special needle (the PowerLoc needle) to “access” the bloodstream. From there, medicine and fluids can be administered through the needle and blood samples can be withdrawn.

 

PowerPort Complications

The PowerPort is not a perfect device and can be subject to common issues affecting other port-a-cath devices, causing them to fail.
The three main common issues are catheter fracture, infection, and migration.

What is a Catheter Fracture?

A catheter fracture is when all or part of the catheter breaks apart inside the vein causing the pieces to travel throughout the body’s circulatory system. In many cases, the catheter breaks down further once in the bloodstream, causing fragments of silicone and polyurethane to travel the circulatory system.

 

What causes a catheter fracture?

A catheter often fractures due to the lower durability that results from constantly flexing or moving the muscles near the PowerPort. This issue is known as flex fatigue. The manufacturer can reduce the chances of flex fatigue by simply reinforcing the catheter with harmless coatings and/or additives.

 

 

What is a Catheter Infection?

A catheter infection is the presence of bacteria and other pathogens in the catheter that can enter the bloodstream via micro-cracks and, in most cases, are protected against the body’s immune cells as these are too big to pass the cracks. In most cases, this results in severe infections that the body struggles to fight properly.

 

What causes the catheter infection?

With an implanted PowerPort device, there is a long-term risk of infection that results from its catheter losing durability (mainly due to flex fatigue). Loss of durability impacts the safety quality of the PowerPort and can often degrade the catheter enough for the development of micro-cracks. These micro-cracks can be undetectable in some cases.

 

 

What is a Catheter Migration?

Catheter Migration can be rare but is a serious complication with an implanted PowerPort. Due to varying reasons, a catheter may completely dislodge itself from the Powerport and migrate to other organs in the body’s circulatory system. This means that a dislodged catheter may travel to vital organs, such as the heart, and lodge themselves there, requiring immediate surgery and extraction.

 

What causes the catheter migration?

Two reasons for catheter migration involves:

  1. Improper installation of the PowerPort port device.
  2. Manufacturing faults of device

 

The manufacturer of the implanted PowerPort device (Brad Access System) may also be held liable for catheter dislodgement and subsequent migration, due to manufacturing errors of the device.

 

PowerPort Injuries

Serious injuries can come as a result of the various PowerPort complications. These include:

Complications from a Catheter Fracture

A fractured catheter can cause significant internal damage with the catheter pieces circulating in the bloodstream.

 

  • Cardiac Arrhythmia
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Cardiac Punctures
  • Blood Clots
  • Hematomas
  • Lacerations to blood vessels

 

In all cases, there is a high possibility of requiring emergency surgery to remove any fractured pieces and properly treat all affected organs.

 

Complications from a catheter infection

An infection from a catheter is a serious complication as the body has a higher difficulty dealing with the pathogens that reside in the catheter. Some of these complications can include:

  • Infections of the bloodstream
  • Swelling, tenderness, and soreness at the site of the PowerPort
  • Necrosis of tissues around the PowerPort

 

What Should I Do if I am Suffering from a PowerPort Injury?

If you are suffering from a PowerPort injury, there are steps that you can take to minimize the damages caused by your injury and to gain compensation for those injuries.

 

Mitigate your Injuries

If you believe something is wrong with your implanted port device or feel pain around the port device’s location, you should see your doctor immediately to receive the necessary care. It’s important to treat any PowerPort injury early. Make sure to follow their orders, do everything in your power to mitigate future economic impacts related to your injury.

 

Contact a PowerPort Injury Lawyer

After getting the proper medical treatment, contact a TorHoerman Law (PowerPort injury) lawyer if your injury was caused by another party’s negligence, qualifying for a PowerPort Lawsuit.

TorHoerman Law offers free, no-obligation case consultations. Get your free, instant online case evaluation from our chatbot.

 

Hiring a Bard PowerPort Injury Lawyer

Hiring a Bard PowerPort injury lawyer is no easy task and may require in-depth research, time, attention, and money. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you in the process of gathering evidence and assessing damages. Also, they will be able to guide you along the legal process by making sure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation for damages that you have suffered. Speak or chat with a professional at TorHoerman Law today to see if you qualify for a Bard PowerPort catheter injury lawsuit.

 

Filing a Bard PowerPort Lawsuit

The civil litigation process requires extreme attention to detail and can be overwhelming for someone who does not possess extensive legal knowledge. A PowerPort catheter injury lawyer will need to be able to prove the liability of another party for any injuries that you have suffered. Additionally, you will be obligated to show proof of mitigation. This, meaning that you have made a concerted effort to treat your injuries. It is imperative to file your claim as soon as possible. If you wait too long, the statute of limitations may expire, and your claim will become void.   

 

TorHoerman Law, PowerPort Catheter Injury Lawyers

Trust TorHoerman Law to help ensure you achieve proper compensation for your injury. With a team of experienced attorneys who are considered the top attorneys in their field, we’re committed to our clients.

We have helped clients win more than $4 billion in verdicts and negotiated settlements. So, you can be sure we’ll fight hard to get you the compensation that you deserve from the negligent party.

Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis – so our clients don’t pay any legal fees unless they are awarded compensation for their injuries & other losses. If they don’t get compensation, then all costs associated with their lawsuit fall on us. There’s no upfront cost and no risk to you.

 

Have more questions? We offer free, no-obligation consultations & instant online case evaluations for anyone who has questions related to their potential legal action.

 

 

 

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