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Medical device recalls issued in first quarter of 2017

Medical technology can help to heal patients from injury, improve chronic conditions - and even save lives. But when they are defective or problematic in some way, they may harm more than help patients to heal.

It is important for medical professionals and health care facilities to be aware of the latest medical device recalls by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Doing so can help to increase patient safety and potentially avoid costly medical malpractice lawsuits.

Recalls occur when a manufacturer takes corrective action on a defective or hazardous product that violates FDA law. There are two types of medical device recalls: correction and removal. Correction recalls address the problem at the place the device is used or sold. Removal recalls address the problem by removing the device from where it is used or sold.

The following is a list of medical defect recalls that were issued in the first quarter of 2017:

3/30/17: Prelude® Short Sheath Introducer - Recalled by Merit Medical Systems, Inc. - Sheath may separate during use

3/24/17: HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator - Recalled by Phillips Healthcare Electrical issues may prevent the device from operating properly

3/14/17: SynchroMed II and SynchroMed EL Implantable Drug Infusion Pumps - Recalled by Medtronic - Failure of priming bolus (update related to May 2013 recall)

3/08/17: LIFEPAK 1000 Defibrillator - Recalled by Physio-Control Inc. - An electrical issue may cause the device to shut down unexpectedly

2/15/17: Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder - Recalled by Zimmer Biomet - High fracture rate

2/10/17: LIFEPAK15 Monitor/Defibrillator - Recalled by Physio-Control Inc. -Failure of electrical shock delivery

2/08/17: Alaris Pump Module - Recalled by CareFusion - Alarm error which may cause interruption of therapy

1/30/17: Halo One Thin-Walled Guiding Sheath - Recalled by Bard Peripheral Vascular Inc. - Sheath separation, kinking, or tip damage

1/27/17: NucliSENS easyMAG Magnetic Silica and NucliSENS Magnetic Extraction Reagents - Recalled by bioMerieux - Potential inaccurate test results

1/03/17: Normal Saline Flush IV Syringes - Recalled by Nurse Assist Inc. - Possible Burkholderia Cepacia bloodstream infections

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