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Do Not Use Medtronic NIM Standard and Contact EMG Endotracheal Tubes - Letter to Health Care Providers

July 9, 2024

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting health care providers and facilities to stop using NIM Contact EMG Reinforced Endotracheal Tubes and NIM (Standard) EMG Reinforced Endotracheal Tubes by Medtronic. These neural integrity monitor (NIM) electromyogram (EMG) endotracheal tubes are used during surgery to provide an airway for patient ventilation and to monitor EMG activity and the nerve integrity of the thyroarytenoid muscle of the larynx. 

On July 9, 2024, Medtronic issued an Urgent Medical Device Recall notice for removal of all NIM Standard and Contact EMG endotracheal tubes from inventory due to issues with tube blockage.

The FDA is issuing this letter to help ensure you are aware of the manufacturer's recall notice and the recommended actions.

Recommendations

  • Review the Urgent Medical Device Recall notice from Medtronic for removal from inventory of all NIM Contact EMG Reinforced Endotracheal Tubes and NIM (Standard) EMG Reinforced Endotracheal Tubes. This notice includes model numbers and Unique Device Identifier (UDI) information.
  • Do not use NIM Contact EMG Reinforced Endotracheal Tubes and NIM (Standard) EMG Reinforced Endotracheal Tubes.
  • Return affected products in your inventory to Medtronic.
  • Report any issues with these devices to the FDA.

Background

Medtronic has received complaints indicating potential health hazards from degraded or complete loss of functionality of NIM Standard and Contact EMG Endotracheal Tubes with all models and lots. The potential risks associated with use of these devices can include airway obstruction, unintended extubation, bronchospasm, hypoventilation, low oxygen saturation, hypoxia, respiratory distress, abnormal blood gas measurements, cyanosis, apnea, respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest, brain injury, and death. 

FDA Actions

The FDA will continue to work with Medtronic to help ensure that health care providers and facilities are notified to stop using the recalled products.

The FDA will continue to keep health care providers and the public informed if significant new information becomes available.

Previous FDA Communications

Unique Device Identifier (UDI)

The FDA established the unique device identification system to adequately identify medical devices sold in the United States from manufacturing through distribution to patient use. 

Reporting Problems to the FDA    

By promptly reporting adverse events, you can help the FDA identify and better understand the risks associated with medical devices.

Contact Information

If you have questions about this letter, contact the Division of Industry and Consumer Education (DICE).

 

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