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.
Andrew joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 News team in June of 2012. Since a young child he always wanted to pursue a career in Broadcast Journalism, and is honored to start his journey in Eastern Maine. He enjoys nothing more than meeting the members of the community and sharing their stories with our viewers.
Raised in Houston, Texas, Andrew graduated from Suffolk University located in Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in Communications. Before moving up to the Pine Tree State, Andrew was a student reporter for The Morning Show on New England Cable News (NECN).
When not in the newsroom, Andrew enjoys volunteering at the Bangor Humane Society. You can see him there at least once a week interacting with many of the dogs. He also enjoys cooking, reading, watching his favorite movies, and going to the gym.
Make sure to say hi when you see him on the streets, and mention Finding Nemo (his favorite movie) if you want some brownie points!