Saturday, May 06, 2006

Respironics PLV Continuum Ventilator: Class 1 recall due to air flow valve breakage and failure to ventilate

Respironics and FDA notified healthcare professionals about the Class 1
recall of this device, a mechanical ventilator used to control or assist
breathing. The ventilator is intended for home, institutional and
portable settings and may be used for invasive as well as noninvasive
ventilation. A design flaw can cause lead wires in the air flow valve to
break during use. When this happens the ventilator stops providing
mechanical ventilation. Customers should safely transition patients in
their care from the PLV Continuum Ventilator onto other comparable
patient support devices. If customers do not have a suitable ventilator
to use for their patients, they should contact Respironics at
760-918-7328 to make suitable substitute arrangements.

If you or a loved one has been injured by this device, contact Bagolie Friedman
Lawyers now for a confidential and free consultation.

Read the complete MedWatch 2006 Safety summary including a link to the
recall notice, by clicking here.