LONDON (Dec. 28, 2:40 p.m. ET) — Smiths Medical, part of London-based Smiths Group plc, has launched a voluntary recall of some of its tracheostomy tubes because of reports of difficulty disconnecting accessories.
The company said in a Dec. 22 news release it had received complaints that connections to the Bivona brand tubes sometimes were too tight, requiring excess force to separate them, which caused issues with the tube becoming dislodged.
The voluntary recall came a little more than a month after the company sent out notices urging users to properly connect and disconnect the accessories. It blamed the problems on attachments made with too much force, but a Dec. 22 notice to customers noted Smiths had “enhanced” the design in late 2010 for the connection area on the plastic devices to create a disconnection surface and wedge to aid caregivers.