Product Liability

Faulty electrical cords spur recall of medical devices

Hospira Inc. is recalling some medical devices because of faulty electrical cords that carry a potential risk of 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 the therapy, these failures may lead to serious injury or death.

The recalled products include cardiac output computers, infusion pumps, and monitoring systems, and have AC power cords manufactured by Electri-Cord Manufacturing Corporation. The recall is in response to customer reports of sparking, charring and fires on the plug of the power cord. An investigation by Hospira determined that the prongs of the power cords can crack and fail at or inside the plug. For a full list of recalled devices, please see Hospira’s press release.

Hospira has not received any reports of serious patient harm related to the products.

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 (800-241-4002 between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pacific time) for instructions on receiving replacement parts or devices.

Adverse reactions related to the devices should be reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) MedWatch Reporting Program.