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Medical equipment could cause breathing issues

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 11th, 2009

The FDA has recalled a medical device, a pediatric-sized tracheal tube. (Check here for pictures of tracheal tubes) In some situations the tube is smaller than the packaging indicates. This can make it difficult for technicians and medical personnel to remove it without causing diffculty in breathing for children. This increases the possibility for injury or death.

According to the FDA, "if an Tracheal Tube is currently in use with a patient, there is no evidence to suggest that immediate removal of the Tracheal Tube is necessary." Smiths Medical recommends that customers refer to a company-supplied Guidance Chart for suction catheter sizes.

For more information, visit the FDA's website.