Connecticut Medical Malpractice: Device Reps In OR Could Be Concerning
If you or a loved one is undergoing a surgical procedure that requires a medical device like a hip or knee replacement, bariatric weight loss surgery, certain cardiac procedures, among others, be sure the surgeon confirms who will be present in the operating room. It is not uncommon for sales representatives of medical device companies to be present in operating rooms to answer questions during procedures.
This practice, however, is gaining much attention from hospitals. ECRI, a non-profit patient safety advocacy organization, is urging hospitals to get explicit written consent from patients if a device rep will be in the operating room. Additionally, a new set of guidelines issued by the American College of Surgeons prohibits medical device representatives from participating and/or medical decision making during surgery.
Before heading into the operating room ask your surgeon the following questions:
- How many times have you performed this procedure?
- Who will be in the operating room? Will any medical device representatives be present?
- If so, what part will they play during my surgery?
If you or a loved one had a surgical procedure that involved a medical device and suffered a permanent injury, including death, find out if you have a medical malpractice case. Our experienced Connecticut medical malpractice team includes doctor/attorney Robert Messey and nurse/attorney Gayle Sullivan. They will begin an immediate legal and medical investigation into your injury.