Recall of Verathon GlideScope GVL and AVL Reusable Video Laryngoscope Blades

According to New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority, this recall involved a device in New Zealand that was produced by Verathon Medical (Canada) ULC.

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 Initiated Date
  • Event Country
  • Event Source
  • Event Source URL
  • Notes / Alerts
    Data from New Zealand is current through July 2018. All of the data comes from the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority, 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 New Zealand.
  • Extra notes in the data
    Recalling Organisation: Teleflex Medical New Zealand, 12 Victoria Street, Private Bag 31346, Lower Hutt, Wellington 5040
  • Reason
    Verathon, manufacturer of glidescope video laryngoscopes, is revising the operations and maintenance manuals (omm) for certain glidescope gvl and avl reusable laryngoscope blades. the new omms specifically state compatibility limitations of the reusable video laryngoscope validated through simulated use cycles, using certain cleaning and disinfection agents. also, for the purpose of cleaning/disinfecting reusable blades, the following chemicals have been removed from the omms:, · bleach (sodium hypochlorite), · isopropyl alcohol solution, · liquid hydrogen peroxide (7.5%).
  • Action
    Instructions for use to be updated


  • Model / Serial
    Model: Models: GVL3, GVL4, GVL5, AVL2, AVL3, AVL4, AVL5, Affected: Selected serial number ranges
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