AUDIENCE: Radiology, Cardiology, Risk Manager
ISSUE: Stryker Sustainability Solutions (formerly Ascent Healthcare Solutions) is recalling Angiodynamics Soft Vu Omni Flush Angiographic Catheters due to reports of separation of the tip of the catheter from the main body. Tip separation leads to loss of device function, possible surgical intervention to retrieve a separated segment, or other complications such as blocking blood flow to bodily organs.
Tip separation can also lead to internal organ injury and cause stroke, kidney failure, and intestinal failure among other serious adverse health consequences, including death.
The recalled products include manufacturing dates: November 7, 2003 to October 18, 2008, and distribution dates January 5, 2004 to December 3, 2008. See the FDA Recall Notice for a listing of affected lot numbers.
BACKGROUND: The Soft-Vu Omni Flush Angiographic Catheter is used to inject contrast dye into blood vessels in preparation for a cardiac angiogram, a type of X-ray used to diagnose heart conditions. The catheter is inserted into the body through a small puncture made in the skin and into a blood vessel.
RECOMMENDATION: On June 1, 2016, Stryker Sustainability Solutions sent a Customer Notification letter to customers informing them of the high possibility of tip separation during use. The letter also asked customers to:
- Discontinue use of the affected lots of the recalled products
- Check their inventories for affected lots of the unused products
- Ship all affected products found back to Stryker
- Acknowledge receipt of the letter by returning the enclosed Device Recall Effectiveness Check form by postal mail, or by contacting their Stryker Sustainability Sales Representative by email email@example.com
Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:
- Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report
- Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178
Read the MedWatch safety alert, including a link to the FDA Recall Notice, at: