According to information issued by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the NHS has every reason to curb the instances of faulty medical equipment that is found to be in their hospitals and other treatment areas. Regulators received reports of thousands of such incidents last year alone. Of the almost 14,000 incidents reported, more than 300 people died as a result and thousands more suffered serious harm of some kind.
When machinery stops working it prevents people from having essential tests and treatment when it should ideally occur. Proper maintenance should always be undertaken according to the Institution, as this would restrict the number of incidents that occur each year. The faulty medical equipment can be something that is inserted in the body, such as a pacemaker. Alternatively it could be a treatment-giving piece of equipment that breaks down and then prohibits someone from having the necessary treatment at the right time. Incidents such as these can lead to serious illness and death for some of those affected. Quite rightly the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has encouraged the NHS to take control and solve this problem to reduce the instances from occurring.
Could faulty medical equipment be to blame in your situation?
When you visit a hospital for treatment or tests you expect to receive the highest level of care at all times. For the most part this is true, but there are situations in which potential hazards can lead to a higher rate of accidents than has been the case before. Faulty equipment is responsible for injuries and deaths every year, and if you have evidence of negligence being to blame, you could end up with a good case for compensation. It is usually best to seek advice in this type of situation.
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Date Published: August 12, 2014
Author: David Brown