The Aestiva/5 7900 Ventilator, intended for continuous breathing support for the care of patients who require mechanical ventilation during surgical procedures, was voluntarily recalled. This ventilator is used in hospitals and other health care facilities. The manufacturer sent an "Urgent Medical Device Correction" letter to its customers.
Components of the Alere Triage test system, specifically, the Triage CardioProfiler Panel, Triage Cardiac Panel, Triage Profiler SOB Panel, Triage BNP, and Triage D-dimer, were voluntarily recalled on May 22, 2012. Alere Triage is a rapid diagnostic test system comprised of a meter and various test devices that aid in the diagnosis of diseases and health conditions including heart failure and myocardial infarction and aid in assessing patients for pulmonary embolism. Customers were instructed to discontinue use of the affected product.
Patients in the U.S. healthcare system continue to contract life-threatening, yet completely preventable, infections as a result of healthcare providers’ failure to follow CDC’s safe injection recommendations. Breaches in safe injection practices resulted in outbreaks at two outpatient clinics performing pain remediation procedures. At least ten patients were hospitalized with invasive Staphylococcus aureus or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. Additional patients were treated with antibiotics on an outpatient basis, and one patient was found deceased. The cause of death was listed as multiple drug overdoses. However, invasive MRSA could not be ruled out.