Bard PowerPort devices are one of the most common means to regularly administer intravenous medications, fluids, and nutrients into a patient’s bloodstream. During recent years, serious complications have been linked to these devices. The attorneys at Davis & Crump, P.C. are currently investigating cases related to Bard PowerPort devices in all 50 states. If you or someone you know had a Bard PowerPort device implanted, it is important to understand the basic facts to determine whether you may have a lawsuit.

What is the Bard PowerPort device?

Bard PowerPort devices, sometimes referred to as Injection Port, Port-a-Catheter, and Port-a-Cath, are totally implantable vascular access devices designed to provide repeated access to the vascular system for the delivery of medication, intravenous fluids, parenteral nutrition solutions, and blood products. The intended purpose of the PowerPort is to make it easier to deliver medications directly into the patient’s bloodstream.

The PowerPort system is composed of two main parts: an injection port and the catheter. The device is surgically implanted under the skin where the injection port can be easily accessed through its raised center by insertion of a needle for delivery of the medication. The medication is carried from the port into the bloodstream through the catheter that is inserted into a blood vessel.

Bard PowerPort Design Issues

The Bard PowerPort catheter is comprised of barium sulfate to enhance its visibility in X-ray imaging. Despite the substance being blended with the catheter’s silicon or polyurethane material, the barium sulfate particles do not fully integrate into the catheter polymer, thus remaining unattached. This results in the radiographic contrast substance reducing the mechanical integrity of the catheter, leading to microfractures or other degradation.

As the flexible catheter bends and adapts to a patient’s movements, it undergoes mechanical stress, resulting in the gradual release of barium sulfate particles. This release of particles gives rise to surface imperfections on the catheter, including cracks, notches, and holes, leading to various issues. Catheter fractures, due to the materials brittleness, result in leakage or parts breaking off and lodging in the vascular system. Additionally, the fractured catheter surface fosters bacteria growth causing potentially life-threatening infections and accumulation of blood-clotting agents.

Injuries Linked to Bard PowerPort Devices

The PowerPort lawsuits filed to date have cited several serious health issues due to the use of the device. These injuries include:

  • Catheter Fracture
  • Catheter Migration
  • Infection/Sepsis
  • Tissue Necrosis
  • Perforated Veins/Organs
  • Blood Clots
  • Death

Patients who have been implanted with these medical devices and have encountered these adverse consequences should consider seeking legal counsel for a thorough investigation of their cases.

Do I Have A Claim?

Our legal team is helping individuals and their families who have been harmed by Bard PowerPort devices. We are offering a free legal consultation and case evaluation. There is no out-of-pocket cost to you to have our firm represent you in this case. Davis & Crump is only paid an attorney’s fee if a recovery is made in your case.

Why Chose Davis & Crump?

Davis & Crump has handled complex litigation since 1984. We have recovered over one billion dollars for our clients. Our attorneys are leaders in complex cases and are recognized in such publications as Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and Super Lawyers.

Davis & Crump is experienced in complex litigation and settlements. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a Bard PowerPort device, call us at 1-800-277-0300, email us at info@daviscrump.com, or fill out a free case evaluation form here. Time is of the essence, so act now.

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