Eastern Health Implements Plan to Address Health Canada Alert Regarding Inferior Vena Cava Filters
Eastern Health is currently notifying former patients who may be impacted by a Health Canada alert regarding Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters, some of which were placed in patients at Eastern Health between the years 2003 and 2016.
In the alert, Health Canada encourages each hospital to identify all patients who have a retrievable IVC filter placed and to develop a formal strategy to assess these patients for filter removal.
This Health Canada alert can be found on Health Canada’s website. The alert refers to possible complications associated with the device. However, it is important to note that these complications are rare, and Eastern Health is not aware of any serious complications as a result of these IVC filters among patients under its care.
Following guidelines provided by Health Canada, Eastern Health has identified the patients who have had this medical device implanted and is contacting them by registered letter to ensure they are aware of the alert, and to provide directions for their follow-up care. When necessary, a consultation can be made to physician specialists in hematology and/or interventional radiology within Eastern Health.
This issue is not unique to Eastern Health. Hospitals across Canada and the United States are also informing patients.