Insulin pumps are medical devices used by individual with diabetes to administer insulin. In some instances medical device pumps including one manufactured by Animas Corporation (Part of Johnson & Johnson) or Medtronic, Inc. fail to administer the correct dosage levels resulting in dangerous medical issues including:
- Dangerously low levels of Blood Sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Dangerously high levels of Blood Sugar (hyperglycemia)
When a patient receives less insulin than prescribed, they are being put at risk of encountering high blood sugar and/or diabetic ketoacidosis, which is a complication that occurs when the body produces excessively high levels of ketones. Ketones are produced when the body begins burning fat or energy rather than glucose, and dangerously high levels of ketones can lead to diabetic coma, brain damage and can even be fatal.
Warning Signs of Ketoacidosis:
- Frequent urination
- Dry mouth
- High blood glucose levels
- Constant fatigue
- Dry or flushed skin
- Abdominal pain
- Having a hard time breathing
- Shortened attention span
Due to the serious nature of this condition, all patients who experience any of these symptoms are urged to consult with their doctor immediately in order to prevent severe long-term damage associated with ketoacidosis.
Houssiere, Durant & Houssiere, LLP is currently accepting injury cases in connected with the Animas Insulin Pump in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by an insulin pump, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please contact our office (713) 626-3700 or call us toll-free at (888) 881-8100.