Philips Recalls Infant Ventilation Device

A Boston area medical device company, Philips Healthcare, has recalled a ventilation device used to measure exhaled C02 in infants. The recall was prompted after Philips was informed by the manufacturer, Oridion Systems Ltd., about defects in the medical device.
The device recall was necessary because plastic strands from the venitilation device may become dislodged, enter the airway adapter, and be inhaled by the patient.
According to the Boston Business Journal, “Affected products include Philips FilterLine H Set and VitaLine H Set Microstream carbon dioxide (CO2) sampling lines shipped from November 2010 through March 2011.”
While there have been no reports of injury, inhalation of the plastic may cause the respiratory system to be compromised which could lead to serious injury or death.