Laryngoscope Recall Due To Video Feed Disruption; Possible Intubation Failures

On March 18, 2016, Verathon Incorporated recalled the GlideScope Titanium Single-Use Video Laryngoscope because of a potential disruption in the video feed from the camera in the laryngoscope blades to the monitor. A disrupted or unstable video image may lead to delayed tracheal tube insertion, intubation failure and other serious adverse health consequences, including low levels of oxygen in the blood (hypoxemia), end organ damage, or death.


The GlideScope Titanium Single-Use Video Laryngoscope is used to obtain a clear view of the vocal cords and to assist in the insertion of a tracheal tube used during other medical procedures (i.e. general anesthesia).


These recalled video laryngoscopes were manufactured from November, 2014 to Dec. 2015. There are 6377 units nationwide. The four recalled lot numbers are: LoPro S3: 081814 - 093015; LoPro S4: 081114 - 090315; MAC S3: 080814 - 101315; MAC S4: 022514 – 082115.


The FDA has classified this recall as a Class I recall, which is the most serious type of recall. Class I recalls involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of the product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.


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See also Medical Law Perspectives, August 2012 Report: Anesthesiology Errors: Complications, Malpractice, and Catastrophe