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Cook Medical Catheter Introducers Recalled

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall on two types of catheter introducers.  The products are manufactured by Cook Medical under the names: Flexor Check-Flo Introducers, and Flexor Tuohy-Borst Side-Arm Introducers (Shuttle Select).

These medical products are catheter introducers with a dilator, a valve, and a coated shaft, as well as a marker that identifies the device on x-ray.  The introducers are used to help insert other therapeutic or diagnostic medical devices into vessels (excluding those of the brain and heart) during medical procedures.

The FDA has categorized the recall as Class I, indicating it is severe.  It warns that the use of the devices may lead to severe injuries or death.  The defect within the products can cause separation of the device while in use, leading to adverse events.  

Defective Medical Devices 

Dangerous and/or defective medical devices such as these catheter introducers that are prone to separation can result in serious injuries or death.

A medical device or product can be defective in design, or a defect may occur during the manufacturing process.  There may be mistakes in product labeling that result in injuries or deaths.  Lawsuits against medical or pharmaceutical manufacturers have many challenges and legal hurdles.  Such cases often garner national attention.  If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective or dangerous medical device, contact one of our Sacramento defective medical device attorneys to discuss your legal rights.

Which Cook Medical Products are Recalled?

The recalled catheter introducers were manufactured between February 17 and September 29, 2020, and were distributed to health care facilities between May 23 and November 17, 2020. The number of devices recalled within the United States totals more than 37,000.  

The FDA recall website has the full list of catalog and lot numbers for the recalled items.

What is the Reason for the Recall?

Manufacturer Cook Medical has recalled the two types of introducers because of an increased potential for separation at a certain area known as the proximal bond site.  If separation of the device occurs while it is in use, it could cause life-threatening consequences.

Some of the adverse events that could result from the separation of the device include:

  • Lengthened procedure time / increased time under anesthesia
  • The need for another procedure to remove the separated part of the catheter
  • Injury to a vessel or vessels
  • Blood flow blockage to vital organs
  • Bleeding

While no deaths have been reported to date, there have been 14 reports of significant injuries and 57 complaints.

Who is Affected, and What Should They Do?

Those that may be affected by the defective products are:

  • Physicians who are using the identified lot numbers of Cook Medical introducers 
  • Patients who have undergone procedures using the affected devices

In late November, the device manufacturer, Cook Medical, sent letters informing affected customers of an Urgent Medical Device Recall.  The letter said that Cook Medical was removing all potentially affected devices from the market.  The letter also included instructions for customers as follows:

  • Return products from the affected lot numbers to Cook Medical and include a copy of the Acknowledgement and Receipt.
  • Distribute the Urgent Medical Device Recall letter to appropriate staff and down to the user level.  Share within the organization and with any organization to which the affected devices have been transferred.
  • Report any adverse events immediately to Cook Medical by calling (800) 457-4500 or via email to CustomerRelationsNA@CookMedical.com.
Lawsuits Related to Cook Medical Catheter Introducers

It is anticipated that there will be lawsuits filed due to injuries caused by the defect(s) within the Cook Medical Catheter Introducers.  Medical products liability claims are usually based on a defect or defects that occurred in the manufacturing process, in the design of the affected medical device, or due to inadequate or absent warning labeling. 

Experienced Medical Products Liability Lawyer

A product manufacturer is required to warn of all the risks associated with the use of its products.  If you were injured due to the defect of a catheter introducer manufactured by Cook Medical, you must consult with a skilled medical device products liability lawyer. If you underwent additional procedures, required a prolonged procedure, or sustained damage to a vessel or blood loss, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your damages.  Lawsuits against medical and pharmaceutical corporations are challenging and complex.  The businesses have deep pockets and will vigorously defend such cases.  That is why you must seek the counsel of a skilled attorney who has experience litigating medical products liability matters.

Watch the YouTube video.  The FDA has been urging the public to read product labels for years.  Below is a decades-old PSA.

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