Audience: Hospital Risk Managers
FDA and Teleflex Medical notified healthcare professionals of a worldwide voluntary recall affecting certain lot numbers of the Teleflex Medical AQUA+FLEX Hygroscopic Condenser Humidifier (HCH) (catalog number 1570), a passive humidifier indicated for use to effectively warm and humidify inspired gas during mechanical ventilation. The 22cm connector on the flex tube may not fit securely within the endotracheal tube (ET) connector. This may result in the product becoming disconnected from the patient ET tube. Device failure is recognizable by the user as an alarm from the ventilator, oxygen sensor or other compatible device to which the AQUA+FLEX tubing is connected. No injuries have been reported to date. However, a disconnected tube in ventilator dependent patients without prompt response to the alarm could lead to serious injury or death. Refer to the firm press release for a complete list of affected lot numbers.
[05/06/2010 - Press Release - Teleflex Medical]