Recall of Radiometer ABL90 Flex blood gas analyser. An in vitro diagnostic medical device (IVD)

According to Department of Health, Therapeutic Goods Administration, this recall involved a device in Australia that was produced by Radiometer Pacific 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 I
  • 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
    Radiometer has recently become aware that the abl90 flex in a very rare specific situation can aspirate calcium solution instead of rinse solution.The specific situation can occur when the following takes place:1. the analyser is in ready mode;2. operator lifts the inlet and then closes it again, thereby initiating a rinse; and3. immediately after lifts the inlet and quickly closes it again.In this situation, it will lead to several parameters reported incorrectly. some of the parameters will not have an error message or question mark indicating a problem with the result.
  • Action
    Radiometer are advising customers: 1. Inform users of the ABL90 FLEX analyser that the inlet is not to be repeatedly lifted and closed. If this does happen, the easiest way to reset the analyser flow selector manually is to re-install the solution pack. Follow the procedure described in the IFU for installation of a solution pack. Users may re-use the same solution pack; 2. It is recommended that users review previous results, where cNa+ and cCl- results are off from the expected results with the values found in table 1 stated in the customer letter; Radiometer will release a software solution (SW V 3.4) which corrects this issue. An updated IFU will also be provided to users upon completion of the software upgrade.