FDA Recalls Infant Apnea Monitor
On Monday, May 18, the FDA issued a class I recall for SmartMonitor 2 Infant Apnea Monitor. A class I recall is the highest recall level that can be issued and is only issued when a product has a reasonable probability of causing serious injury or death. The recalled Apnea monitor is manufactured by Respironics, a Pennsylvania based health care device manufacturer.
The SmartMonitor 2 is used by both hospitals and consumers alike. It is used as a monitoring device in order to continuously watch an infant’s breathing and heart rate. The recall was issued because the SmartMonitor2 can fail to alarm when an infant’s breathing stops or his/her heart rate drops to a dangerously low level. The models that are being recalled were manufactured between January 16, 2008 and November 13, 2008. They were distributed from January 13, 2008 to December 31, 2008. The model numbers being recalled include model 4002 and 4003. The serial numbers of the recalled models are 3000033364 through 3000038740. The FDA advises that all stop using the product immediately and to report any problems to their doctor and the FDA. Currently, there have been no recorded fatalities from this device.
More than 4,900 defective infant apnea monitors have been voluntarily recalled. The potential defect is the failure of the audible alarm, which may cause the alarm not to sound when it should. The FDA stated that on April 23, 2009 Respironics notified medical supply companies of the potential defect in the SmartMonitor 2 infant apnea monitors. Respironics wanted all monitors in the companies’ inventories retuned.
Customers with questions or concerns regarding the SmartMonitor2 infant apnea monitor recall may contact Respironics at 1-888-345-4630.The FDA requests that Health care professionals and consumers may report adverse reactions or quality problems related to the recalled infant apnea monitors to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program via:
Regular Mail: use postage-paid FDA form 3500 available at: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm
For more information please see: http://www.fda.gov/MedWatch/safety/2009/safety09.htm#SmartMonitor