FDA Warns Against Use of Stryker Corporation  (SYK) Surgical Suction Systems Due to Report of a Death  
10/8/2012 8:27:08 AM

U.S. health regulators warned on Friday against the use of systems made by Stryker Corp for removing surgical waste from patients after receiving reports of one death and one serious injury due to tissue damage. The Stryker systems, called Neptune 1 Silver and Neptune 2 Ultra Waste, use powerful suction to collect and remove surgical fluid waste in operating rooms and smoke at surgical sites caused by electrocautery or laser devices. When incorrectly applied, as was the case with the death and serious injury, it can cause hemorrhaging and soft tissue, muscle, and vital organ damage, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a warning on its website.