Recall of SynchroMed II Infusion System and Model 8870 Software Application Card used in the 8840 N’Vision Clinician Programmer SynchroMed II Infusion System

According to Department of Health, Therapeutic Goods Administration, this recall involved a device in Australia that was produced by Medtronic Australasia 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
    This action is a follow up to the july 2013 communication regarding the synchromed ii priming bolus function and to inform that medtronic is updating the model 8870 software application card as well as the synchromed infusion system labelling to address the issue. the software update will change the value displayed on the 8840 programmer for the synchromed ii pump tubing volume from 0.199 ml to 0.140 ml. over delivery of drug during priming bolus has the potential to lead to overdose symptoms in some patients. this software change mitigates the potential for unintended over-delivery of drug while still ensuring prompt therapy initiation. the synchromed ii infusion system manuals were updated for the priming bolus function, and new guidelines for priming have been implemented.
  • Action
    Doctors are advised to continue to use the current software card and its displayed tubing volume until the Medtronic Representative has exchanged the current card with the new software card (new version is BBU01). New guidelines in labelling regarding priming bolus are identified in the customer letter and the attachment provided with the letter.



  • 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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