Recall of Puritan Bennett 980 Series Ventilator System

According to Department of Health, Therapeutic Goods Administration, this recall involved a device in Australia that was produced by Covidien Pty Ltd.

What is this?

A correction or removal action taken by a manufacturer to address a problem with a medical device. Recalls occur when a medical device is defective, when it could be a risk to health, or when it is both defective and a risk to health.

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  • Type of Event
  • Event ID
  • Event Risk Class
    Class II
  • Event Initiated Date
  • Event Country
  • Event Source
  • Event Source URL
  • Notes / Alerts
    Australian data is current through July 2018. All of the data comes from the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration, except for the categories Manufacturer Parent Company and Product Classification.
    The Parent Company and the Product Classification were added by ICIJ.
    The parent company information is based on 2017 public records. The device classification information comes from FDA’s Product Classification by Review Panel, based on matches of recall data from the U.S. and Australia.
  • Extra notes in the data
  • Reason
    Covidien is notifying customers of an occasional gui transient reset that lasts approximately 30 seconds. in complaints reported to date, some customers have transferred patients to alternate ventilators to replace the puritan bennett 980 ventilator in response to the alarms and status display messages present during the gui transient reset. covidien’s investigation has confirmed that ventilator replacement is not warranted.
  • Action
    Covidien is updating software that will modify ventilator alarms and status display messages during a GUI transient reset. The Puritan Bennett 980 Ventilator Operator Manual will be updated to delete “replace ventilator” during a GUI transient reset, and to inform users to monitor the secondary status display until the primary display refreshes. Until the correction is implemented end users have been provided work around instructions. This action has been closed-out on 18/07/2016.


  • Model / Serial
    Puritan Bennett 980 Series Ventilator SystemARTG: 221416
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Manufacturer comment
    “If our surveillance systems identify a potential performance issue, our personnel promptly evaluate the problem, including, when appropriate, conducting root cause investigations and internal testing to assess whether the product continues to meet specifications and defined performance criteria,” Medtronic told ICIJ in a statement. “In some cases, based on this evaluation, Medtronic may determine that a recall is necessary.” The company said that it communicates with healthcare providers and/or patients and provide recommendations to address such issues. Medtronic noted that these communications can include letters, emails, calls, press releases, physician notifications and social media postings, as well as informing the FDA and other regulators of the actions.
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