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Error in Infusion Pump Alarm May Delay or Stop Therapy; Injury Risk


An error in the Alaris syringe pump, Model #8110, triggers a visual and audible alarm and causes the pump to stop supplying the infusion to the patient. Even when the user clears the error code 351.6740, the syringe pump does not respond to key presses until the product is detached and reattached to the PC unit used to program, monitor, and provide power to the syringe pump. Failure of the syringe module may result in a delay or interruption of therapy and can lead to serious patient injury or death. CareFusion of San Diego, CA, received 108 reports of the issue occurring.

 

A syringe pump is a small infusion pump that delivers fluids, such as nutrients and medications, into a patient’s body in controlled amounts. They are widely used in clinical settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and in the home.

 

The Alaris Syringe Pump, Model #8110, was manufactured and distributed from March 2014 to September 2014. There are a total of 6458 units recalled in the U.S.

 

See the Recall

 

See also Medical Law Perspectives, June 2014 Report: Physician and Manufacturer Risks for Pain Pump Injuries: Malpractice, Negligence, and Products Liability

 

See the Medical Law Perspectives February 10, 2015, Blog: Infusion Pump Failures: Product Liability and Human Error

 

 

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