Safety Alert for Zimmer dermatome system

According to National Institute of Drugs and Food Surveillance (INVIMA), this safety alert involved a device in Colombia that was produced by Zimmer Surgical Inc.

What is this?

Alerts provide important information and recommendations about products. Even though an alert has been issued, it does not necessarily mean a product is considered to be unsafe. Safety Alerts, addressed to health workers and users, may include recalls. They can be written by manufacturers, but also by health officials.

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  • Type of Event
    Safety alert
  • Event ID
  • Event Number
  • Date
  • Event Country
  • Event Source
  • Event Source URL
  • Notes / Alerts
    Colombian data is current through June 2019. All of the data comes from the National Institute of Drugs and Food Surveillance (INVIMA), 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 Colombia.
  • Extra notes in the data
  • Reason
    The manufacturer states that it has detected the possibility of deformation of blisters, peeling or discoloration of the surface coating in use, leading to the appearance of possible adverse events on patients.


  • Model / Serial
    Concerning the handpieces and their plates, references 00-8851-001-00, 00-8851-001-01, 01-8851-001-00, 00-8851- || 201-00, 00-8851-215-00, 00-8851-202-00, 00-8851-203-00 and || 00-8851-204-00.
  • Product Description
    The ZIMMER electric dermatome is an instrument for cutting skin grafts of different thicknesses and widths. The ZIMMER electric dermatome is a surgical-electric instrument used to section skin layers of different thicknesses in order to perform grafts. The thickness can be adjusted from 0 to 0.75 mm in increments of 0.050mm.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Manufacturer comment
    “The safety of patients has always been, and continues to be, Zimmer Biomet’s top priority and it is our honor to be a leader in this industry for the past 90 years,” Zimmer Biomet told ICIJ in a statement. “We adhere to strict regulatory standards, and work closely with the FDA and all applicable regulatory agencies in each of our regions as part of our commitment to operating a first-rate quality management system across our global manufacturing network. The company added that it is focused on staying at the forefront of innovation and doing right by the millions of patients who rely on the company’s products.
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