Medtronic, Inc. Recalls Surgical Breathing Tube

Published: Jun 24, 2013

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Medtronic Inc. has recalled a breathing tube used during surgery that could collapse and imperil a patient’s breathing if handled incorrectly, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday. It was the first public mention of the problem but the Fridley-based medical device marker said the recall was begun in March and completed in April, and that no deaths or injuries were reported. The product, called a NIM Trivantage EMG Endotracheal Tube, was manufactured at Medtronic’s Jacksonville, Fla., operations. The FDA announced the recall on its website Friday because it had classified the recall’s degree of seriousness. It was classified a Class One recall, which the FDA said on its website means “there is a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.”

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