Unfortunately, the MAUDE database isn’t very intuitive or user friendly. It’s also limited to US events, so it’s not comprehensive.
When I was choosing my first pump 3 years ago, I spent nearly 6 weeks reading through the reports I found. Not many people are willing to read those reports, or could comprehend the language.
I’m surprised that this is enlightening for the previous posters, though. I consider you both to be exceptionally well-informed. What part exactly was surprising? Did you not know there was a database of events related to medical equipment, or just not that it was publicly available and searchable? Is it just the volume of significant events that occur.
Honestly, the public has misplaced trust in the FDA. They assume that the FDA stamp on something means it’s proven safe, and there’s very little about establishing safety at all. That’s why drugs all come with a mile long list of side effects, usually ending with something like “anal hemorrhaging, and/or death”. You have to establish that something is generally safe, but aside from that, it’s just about establishing your marketing with impressive clinical trials, paying the government it’s due, and internal lobbying power.
Heck, you can flat out buy an FDA stamp to put on your marketing. A device can be “FDA listed” with little to no scrutiny whatsoever, so long as your check clears. You think the general population knows the difference between “FDA listed”, “FDA cleared”, and “FDA approved”? Heck no! Their eyes glaze over and they forego any further questioning the moment they see the “FDA”.