BANGOR - Its not everyday the Food and Drug Administration recalls a popular medical device. Even rarer, is for the default to that device to be recognized by a doctor right here in Bangor. Eastern Maine Medical Center is now being recognized for their finding.
It's called the 'Cordis Optease Vena Cava Filter' used to help prevent blood clots.
Anytime a device the hospital uses doesn't work, officials are required by law to inform the FDA, and its a good thing they did. The FDA recalled the product nation wide after Dr. Daniel O'Brien at EMMC reported the potential issue.
Staff at Eastern Maine Medical Center say no patients were harmed by the older device, but if it wasn't for the keen eye of one doctor there could have very easily been another outcome, possibly across the country.
EMMC reported 30 incidents last year, their motivation behind that number is to protect their patients. However, little did they know this recall, because of this Maine Hospital's hard work, is now protecting patients nation wide.