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Video Laryngoscope Reusable Blades Recalled Due to Risk of Airway Obstruction from Tip Breakage


GlideScope GVL Video Laryngoscopes reusable blades that were manufactured between December 2010 and August 2011 have been recalled because they have been found to be prone to developing cracks and/or breaking across the tip of the blade, which potentially could result in pieces of the blade breaking off in patient’s mouths and obstructing the airway or being swallowed. The affected GlideScope GVL blades are at risk of developing stress cracks at the blade tip that may not be readily visible during routine inspection prior to intubation. The manufacturer voluntarily recalled the products after learning about design characteristics leading to cracked and broken blades.

 

GlideScope GVL Video Laryngoscopes are used only by healthcare professionals and were distributed directly to hospitals and other healthcare facilities throughout the United States, Canada, and other foreign countries. Affected GlideScope GVL reusable blades can be identified by reference to the serial number engraved on the metal label on the handle of the GlideScope GVL blade.

 

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