FDA Dangerous Device Recall –
Hospira Medical Equipment Recall for Defective AC Cords

August 19, 2009 by Jim Higgins

Hospira, Inc., a Illinois medical device manufacturer, has initiated a product recall for medical devices with defective AC power cords. These cords are manufactured by Electri-Cord Manufacturing Corporation. Click for a defective power cord image courtesy of FDA Recall page.

This medical product recall was initiated in response to reports of these defective power cords’ sparking, charring, and catching fire. Yes, for the following medical products designed to ensure the health and longevity of U.S. citizens, a patient may find him or herself subject to electrical shock, immolated, or injured from total device failure:

    LifeCare PCA Plus II, Plum XL 3, Oximetrix 3 SO2/CO Cardiac Output Computer

    LifeCare 5000 with DataPort, Plum A+ v.10.3 Model 3300 Cardiac Output Computer

    LifeCare PCA with Hospira MedNet, Plum A+ Infusion System with Hospira MedNet, Nutrimix Micro Compounder

    LifeCare PCA 3, Plum A+3 v.11.3, Acclaim Encore Infusion Pump

    LifeCare Model 4 infusion pump, Plum LifeCare 5000 (Plum 1.6) with dataport, GemStar AC Wall (Mains) Adapter (90-260 Volts-universal)

    LifeCare 4200 PCA plus Infuser with Microgram delivery, Plum A+3, GemStar Docking Station (90-260 Volts)

    Plum XL3M, Plum A+3 v.11.5, Optional Thermal Printer (For use with Model 3300 COC, Oximetrix 3 SO2/CO Computer, Q-Vue CCO Computer and Q2 CCO/SO2 Computer)

    Plum XLM, Plum A+3 Infusion System with Hospira MedNet, Omniflow 4000 Plus

    Plum XL, Plum XL Infusion System, Flexiflo Quantum Enteral Pump

    Plum XLD, Q2 Plus SO2/Continuous Cardiac Output Computer, Q2 Continuous Cardiac Output (CCO)/SO2 Computer

    Plum XL3M with Dataport, Q2 CCO/SvO2 Monitoring System, QVue CCO Monitoring System

    Plum A+ Infusion System

In addition, Hospira infusion pumps, compounders, monitoring devices and other medical products using these shoddy, defective cords may cause fires in an oxygen-rich environment. Depending on the device, signs of cracked prongs and burnt plastic may be the only sign before serious injury or patient death occurs.

Hospira will replace all affected power cords regardless of their condition beginning this week and until all replacement activity is complete. For more information, contact a Hospira sale representative.

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