Medtronic recalls breathing devices after serious injury reports

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Medtronic Inc said it was recalling certain lots of its tracheostomy tubes, devices used to ease breathing, after receiving complaints, including reports of 12 serious injuries.

The medical device maker said it began notifying hospitals and distributors on May 8 that affected lots of its Covidien Shiley tracheostomy tubes were formed with a wider-angle bend than models manufactured after Nov. 29, 2012.

The device is put through a patient's trachea, or windpipe, during a tracheostomy procedure to help provide an airway and facilitate breathing.

Medtronic said it also took steps to prevent future shipments of the recalled products, which includes specific lots from eight product lines manufactured after Nov. 29, 2012.