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|Medtronic Announces Worldwide Voluntary Field Corrective Action For Newport(TM) HT70 and Newport(TM) HT70 Plus Ventilators|
DUBLIN - April 5, 2017 - Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) is notifying customers worldwide of a voluntary field corrective action for all its Newport HT70 and Newport HT70 Plus ventilators manufactured since 2010. The voluntary field corrective action is being conducted following reports that the ventilator may reset spontaneously during normal operation, without an accompanying alarm. The reported incidence of this condition is approximately one (1) reset in every seven million hours of ventilation. Following the reset, the ventilator enters standby mode and will not resume ventilation without intervention. In the event of the rare occurrence of a reset, healthcare professionals and/or caregivers are required to transfer the patient to another ventilator.
A Newport HT70 ventilator is used to support a patient's breathing. This prescription device is operated by trained healthcare professionals in a clinical setting and in the home for infant, pediatric and adult patients.
Since Aug. 2012, and of the more than 14,000 ventilators in use, Medtronic has received 12 reports of the reset without an accompanying alarm. Of these 12 reports, 11 patients required ventilator transfer and one (1) incident did not involve a patient. No patient injury or impairment has been reported.
Medtronic has established the root cause of this alarm failure and will provide a software service update to resolve the issue as soon as the correction can be implemented. We expect the service update to be available in May.
Medtronic is advising that you may continue to use your Newport HT70 series ventilators in accordance with institutional policies and as described below.
Actions you should take:
Medtronic has contacted the FDA and other regulatory bodies to share information related to this issue. We will continue working directly with government authorities and our customers on this voluntary field corrective action.
If you are aware of any incidents related to these issues or if you have any questions, please contact our Technical Support Department immediately at +1-800-255-6774 to provide information regarding those events so regulatory reporting obligations can be fulfilled. Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online, by regular mail, or by fax.
List of countries with Newport HT70 and Newport HT70 Plus ventilators
Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United States, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.
Medtronic plc (www.medtronic.com), headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is among the world's largest medical technology, services and solutions companies - alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world. Medtronic employs more than 88,000 people worldwide, serving physicians, hospitals and patients in approximately 160 countries. The company is focused on collaborating with stakeholders around the world to take healthcare Further, Together.
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