According to the latest press-release published by the FDA, Verathon Inc. one of the renowned names in the medical device and equipment sector issues a voluntary recall of GlideScope GVL Video Laryngoscopes reusable blades that were manufactured between December 2010 and August 2011. According to the press release issued by the federal agency, these laryngoscope blades have been found to be prone to developing cracks and/or breaking across the tip of the blade, which potentially could result in pieces of the blade breaking off in patient’s mouths and obstructing the airway or being swallowed.

In the notification issued by the company it has appealed to medical professionals and healthcare facilities to stop using the affected blades and to contact the customer care to obtain the replacement blades. Customers can contact Customer Care regarding any other questions about the recall. Customer Care can be reached at (800) 331-2313 (U.S. and Canada) or (425) 867-1348 (international), Monday through Friday from 6:00am to 5:00pm PST for the United States and 6:00am to 4:30pm PST outside of the United States. Customers may also email the company at cservice@verathon.com.

Various models of the device that were recalled by the company are:

  • GlideScope GVL 3, 0574-0007: MD10500 to MD112387
  • GlideScope GVL 4, 0574-0001: LG105000 to LG112758
  • GlideScope GVL 5, 0574-0030: XL105000 to XL111798

Though no report of any adverse reaction has yet been found but still the company is recalling the product to avoid any mishaps. Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product and/or quality problems can be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by Fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, HF-2, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

About Verathon:

Verathon Inc. is one of the renowned names in the medical device and equipment sector. The company designs, manufactures, and distributes medical devices for the health care community. The company came into existence in the year of 1984 and is based at North Creek Parkway, Bothell, WA 98011, United States.

 Its products include BladderScan, a bladder volume measurement instrument that prevents urinary catheterizations, reduces rates of urinary tract infection, and helps diagnose urinary-related problems, such as enlarged prostate. The company also offers GlideScope Video Laryngoscope that provides view of the airway and enables intubation for use in the anesthesiology, surgery, and emergency medicine markets.

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