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Cardinal Health, Inc. (CAH) Recalls Pre-Assembled Filter and Anesthesia Circuit in Packs  
5/7/2013 8:39:02 AM

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Cardinal Health is recalling pre-assembled filter and anesthesia circuits that come in a variety of pre-made packs, including those for laparoscopic gynecology, general laparoscopy, knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy and total joints. The pre-assembled filters and circuits "are intended to provide respiratory support to deliver oxygen, air, and nitrous oxide in a controlled manner to a patient," says the recall alert. However, if the outer plastic packaging on the components is removed without proper dissembling of the components, "remnants of the plastic from the packaging material may become lodged in the filter potentially causing an obstruction in airflow." Such impedance could result in low blood oxygen (hypoxia), suffocation and death.

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