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Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pump Skins

A skin refers to the outer casing of Paradigm MiniMed insulin pumps (and other electronic devices, such as cell phones) that can be personalized to add character or style to the pump. While the skin doesn't have much practical purpose, it can distinguish different insulin pumps and inspire diabetes patients to wear them.

Along with the skin, the insulin pump therapy system typically includes a(n):

  • Paradigm Quick-set Infusion Set and cannula (a spaghetti-sized tube)
  • REAL-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring System (CGMS)
  • OneTouch UltraLink Meter
  • MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Pump (in model numbers 522 or 722)

While the CGMS and OneTough UltraLink Meter are responsible for monitoring blood sugar levels, the infusion set, cannula and insulin pump administer a continuous flow of insulin to diabetes patients.

Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pump Cases

To be effective and minimize the possibility of complications the Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump must be:

  • Worn 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
  • Secured in a pocket or on the belt line (with an insulin pump case)

If the Paradigm pumps are jostled around too much, patients run the risk of bending the cannula, detaching the cannula or the pump or, receiving inadequate amounts of insulin.

Lack of insulin causes hyperglycemia, a life-threatening condition in which extremely low blood glucose levels can result in heart disease, kidney disease and/or blindness. Diabetes patients who develop hyperglycemia while using MiniMed insulin pumps will require emergency medical attention for the best chances of survival.

Defective Infusion Sets Spark Nationwide Recall

A Class I Recall of about 3 million Quick-set Infusion Sets was issued by the Medtronic Diabetes Corporation in July 2009 due to findings that:

  • About 60,000 infusion sets were defective (usually because of bent cannulas or cannulas that couldn't stay attached to the skin or pump)
  • Over 200 diabetes patients had been hospitalized after using defective pump systems and developing hyperglycemia

Patients who have sustained such severe insulin pump-related injuries should:

  • Receive all prescribed medical treatments for optimal chances of recovery.
  • Consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more about their legal rights

Injured parties can attend these initial consultations for free and, for those who qualify, no payment for legal services will be due until the case is won.

Those who decide to stand up for their legal rights can recover compensation for their:

  • outstanding hospital bills
  • ongoing treatment costs
  • lost wages
  • permanent disabilities
  • pain and suffering

Have you or a loved one been injured after using a Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pump System? If so, contact us today to consult with an experienced MiniMed Insulin Pump lawyer who will evaluate your case and help you obtain the settlement you deserve.

Our injury and death lawyers are investigating all MiniMed cases. Our evaluations are not limited to persons injured by the recalled "Lot 8" infusion sets. To discuss the details of your unique circumstances, please contact our law offices today.

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