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Hospira, Inc. Device Recall

Audience: Hospital Risk Managers

[Posted 08/17/2009] Hospira and FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients of a nationwide recall of devices that have defective AC power cords in response to customer reports of sparking, charring and fires on the plug of the power cord. Hospira's investigation of these reports determined that the power cord's prongs may crack and fail at or inside the plug. The potential risks from this power cord failure include electrical shock, delay in setup and therapy, interruption of therapy, device failure, and fires which may also occur in an oxygen-rich environment. Depending on the device and therapy, these failures may lead to potential serious injury or death.  For a list of the recalled devices please refer to the firm press release.   

Users with affected power cords that have bent or cracked prongs, burnt plastic or excessive wear and tear should discontinue use immediately and contact their Hospira sales representative or Hospira Technical Support Operations at 1-800-241-4002 (available from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific time) for instructions on receiving replacement parts or devices.

[08/14/2009 - Firm Press Release - FDA]