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Arrow International 30cc, 40cc and 50cc Intra Aortic Balloon Pump (IAB) Catheters

Audience: Cardiology and cardiovascular healthcare professionals, hospital risk managers

[Posted 04/15/2009] Teleflex Medical and FDA notified healthcare professionals of the Class 1 recall for Arrow International 30cc, 40cc and 50cc Intra Aortic Balloon Pump (IAB) Catheters, a component of the Intra-Aortic Pump System which is designed to provide cardiac assist therapy to critically ill people to increase blood flow to the heart. This recall is being conducted because a fault in the connector of the pump tubing assembly may result in failure of the system to decrease ischemia and increase perfusion, leading to organ injury or infarct and may result in patient death. Prolonged exposure could also result in thrombus formation on the IAB and possible subsequent systemic or cerebral thromboembolism.

[April 15, 2009 - Recall Notice - FDA]