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Urgent Medical Device Recall Notice Issued for Ventilator

Urgent Medical Device Recall Notice Issued for Ventilator

BAxter International Inc. issued an urgent medical device recall Wednesday after receiving reports of a serious injury to its Life2000 ventilators that have a battery charger lock.

Baxter has recalled its fans due to reports that the devices were not charging properly when the battery charger lock was damaged. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website. The serious injury reported may be related to this issue, and the company said it is working with customers to replace ventilators that have this issue.

The recall applies to Life2000 ventilators with product code MS01-0118 that were distributed in the U.S. between August 21, 2023, and April 2, 2024, and have a battery charger lock installed, according to the recall notice. The ventilator is usually used to help people with illnesses Conditions that may affect the respiratory system, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), neuromuscular disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or restrictive thoracic disorders.

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According to the recall notice, if the battery charger lock is damaged, the ventilator’s internal battery may not be able to be charged. This could prevent patients from using the device and could cause life-threatening episodes of oxygen desaturation in some patients who require a ventilator. Baxter recommended that patients have alternative methods of ventilation or oxygen therapy available in case of emergency.

Baxter aforementioned has notified both the FDA and affected customers. The company has advised affected customers to check the status of the dongle to make sure the ventilator is charging properly. If customers notice damage or see that the battery is not charging, they should contact Baxter Home Care Customer Service to have the ventilator replaced. If they do not notice any damage or the battery is charging as it should, it is safe to continue using the device; Baxter will replace the ventilator when patients have their next home visit with a clinical instructor.

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