I posted a blog on the w/e about Steven Krueger after coming across a news article that moved me quite emotionally. Since writing that blog
- the family of Steven Krueger has come to me for help in trying to spread the word about Steven. Steven's death resulted in his pump going into PRIME function during his sleep - emptying out the WHOLE cartridge of insulin. Health Canada after investigating the pump stated his death was due to pump malfunction along with some other interesting facts (these cannot be disclosed at this point in time). Medtronics "had" agreed to do further investigations - stating that the pump case would have to be destroyed in order to do any testing. The pump left the coroners office in B.C., Canada - intact (pictures were taken prior to being sent off) - but a week later - Medtronic sent back the pump stating that the case was cracked - therefore they could not perform any tests!
This has all been going on over the past 3 years - not easy due to the two countries involved with our legal systems not being the same - very disheartening and frustrating to say the least - when the information that has been gathered could be of value to the public! The way things stand now - is Health Canada is hopefully going to do the further testing - and the final report can be written - but it will take time as we all can see from how it has gone so far.
The questions that have gone thru' my mind have been boggling (too many to list here - and I'm sure those that respond to this will have the same questions popping thru' their mind). The Krueger family doesn't want to any monetary reimbursement to the loss of their son - as some American friends seem to think - far from it - they just want closure - to know why the pump failed the way it did on Steven - and to hopefully prevent this from ever happening again.
Several other incidents causing patients' low blood sugar levels and three deaths have been reported of patients using this pump but again the pumps were never returned to the manufacturer for further investigation. As we all know mechanical devices fail at some time, however, they should fail in a safe mode rather than a lethal mode. It's just that if a car or plane crash was caused by a malfunction - then the manufacturer would follow up with an investigation so that they could pin point what caused it and warn the public - or rectify the situation so it wouldn't. Am I being naive here to think that companies think first about the cost of human life instead of profits and their stock holders?
I wonder if your pump manufacturer would do the same thing - and not follow up with an investigation (have already sent a letter to them asking them this question).UPDATE
: For additional discussion on this subject - please go to Christopher Frankie's discussion at this link