Lawsuits have been filed by people who claim that the Bard PowerPort can break, leak, cause blood clots, infections, and other life-threatening complications.
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What is the Bard PowerPort?
The Bard PowerPort is an implantable port/catheter system that is sold by C.R. Bard and Beckton Dickinson (BD). This type of medical device is also called a Totally Implantable Vascular Access Device (TIVAD) or a “Port-A-Cath.”
How Does It Work?
The PowerPort is surgically implanted completely under the patient’s skin, where it is connected to a flexible catheter tube that empties into a large vein. Once the PowerPort is implanted, it remains in the body.
Why Get a PowerPort?
The advantage of the PowerPort is that it provides healthcare professionals with an easy way to deliver intravenous medications or fluids directly into a patient’s bloodstream.
After the port is implanted, a nurse can simply insert a needle into the injection port to deliver medications, fluids, blood products, nutrition, or take blood samples.
Who Needs an Implantable Port?
The PowerPort is commonly used in patients who require repeated IV medications or fluids for the long-term treatment of serious health problems. Examples include chemotherapy for cancer, severe infections, kidney failure, Crohn’s disease or IBD, and many more.
What is the Problem?
Lawsuits claim that manufacturing problems with the catheter on the Bard PowerPort can lead to serious complications, such as:
- Blood clots (thromboembolism)
- Catheter breaks, leaks, or cracks
- Bleeding (internal hemorrhage)
- Heart problems<l/i>
- Cardiac / pericardial tamponade
- Abnormal heart rhythm (cardiac arrhythmia or heart attack symptoms)
- Perforations of tissues, blood vessels, and organs
- Needing surgery to remove PowerPort
Bard PowerPort Lawsuit Filed by Woman With Blood Clots
In February 2023, a lawsuit was filed by a woman from Missouri who needed surgery when her Bard PowerPort caused blood clots and stopped working.
The plaintiff, Patrice T., was implanted with a single lumen Bard PowerPort ClearVue Implantable Port in March 2022. The device was supposed to make it easier to deliver chemotherapy for colon cancer.
Instead, only about 3 weeks after it was implanted, the PowerPort stopped working. She was also hospitalized and diagnosed with life-threatening blood clots (also called a “thromboembolism”).
Due to the defective device, she was harmed by “undergoing an unnecessary major surgery, increased risk of future severe and permanent injuries, severe emotional distress, ongoing fear and anxiety from future injuries, including but not limited to cardiac tamponade.”
The lawsuit explains that the catheter is made from a biomaterial called Chronoflex®, which is a mixture of polyurethane and barium sulfate. Unfortunately, manufacturing problems have “led to an irregular catheter surface replete with fissures, pits and cracks.”
The lawsuit alleges that “the roughened catheter surface leads to the collection and proliferation of fibrous blood products, thereby drastically increasing the risk of thromboembolism” and other issues.
She accuses the manufacturers, C.R. Bard and Beckton Dickinson and Company, of failing to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of blood clots and other side effects of the PowerPort.
Her Bard PowerPort Lawsuit was filed on February 10, 2023 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri — Case Number 4:23-cv-00100-BP
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