Several recalls were announced this week, including two expansions on prior recalls.
The latest list includes:
Dräger Evita V500 and Babylog VN500 Ventilators
Items recalled: Dräger Medical is expanding a prior recall on medical equipment Evita V500 and Babylog VN500 ventilators to include the PS500, an optional battery power supply sold for use with the devices. The recall affects 2,501 units across the U.S.
Why: After a prior recall in December 2015, the company updated its software to elongate the battery life of the ventilators, but the new software did not fix the problem. The power supply issue may cause the ventilator to shut down without notice, depriving a patient of oxygen, which can result in patient injury or death. The FDA has classified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall.
More details: The ventilators are used in hospitals as well as during patient transport. The Babylog VN500 is used to provide breathing support for premature babies. The company reached out to their customers through an urgent medical device recall extension letter, alerting them to recall. Dräger Medical will replace all affected PS500 power supply units. Dräger Medical could not be reached for comment.