Recall of Device Recall 4200 PCA

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Hospira Inc..

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 2
  • Event Number
  • Event Initiated Date
  • Event Status
  • Event Country
  • Event Terminated Date
  • Event Source
  • Event Source URL
  • Notes / Alerts
    U.S. data is current through June 2018. All of the data comes from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, except for the category Manufacturer Parent Company.
    The Parent Company was added by ICIJ.
    The parent company information is based on 2017 public records.
    ICU Medical, Inc. acquired from Pfizer in early 2017, Hospira Infusion Systems, the portion of Hospira dedicated to develop infusion pumps.
  • Extra notes in the data
    Pump, infusion, pca - Product Code MEA
  • Reason
    Hospira has received reports of pca pumps not detecting distal occlusions, one of which resulted in a serious injury. the issue is caused by normal wear and tear on the half nut (the component/nut that travels up and down the lead screw) which prevents it from properly detecting the pressure build-up associated with a distal occlusion.
  • Action
    Hospira sent an IMPORTANT DEVICE INFORMATION letter dated March 8, 2014 to all affected customers.. The letter advised customers to: 1) Perform the Performance Verification Test (PVT) Occlusion Test as defined in the PCA Technical Service Manual (TSM); 2) If the device does not pass the test, remove it from clinical service and contact Hospira at 800-441-4100 (Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST) to report the issue; and 3) Perform the appropriate troubleshooting and repair activities defined by your facility, which may include returning the device to Hospira for further diagnosing and servicing. The letter advised the Hospira is in the process of establishing a useful life for the half nut and to determine when it will require replacement. A new Technical Service Manual will be issued in late 2014 that adds a requirement for annual PVT Occlusion testing. The System Operating Manual will include new instructions to reduce the excessive wear on the half nut resulting from incorrectly using the vial information. Customers who further distributed the devices are requested to notify their customers of the recall and ask them to call Stericycle at 888-965-5801 (Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST) to receive a reply form. Questions about this recall should be direct to Hospira at 800-441-4100 (Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST).


  • Model / Serial
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Nationwide Distribution to AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY) + District of Columbia + Puerto Rico + Virgin Islands; *** FOREIGN:
  • Product Description
    The LifeCare Pump Model 4200 PCA Infuser makes possible the practical implementation of patient-controlled analgesia. The health care professional sets the prescribed dose, rates, and limits for the drug to be infused. The infuser can be set to operate in one of three modes: PCA Mode, Continuous Mode, and PCA + Continuous Mode. The LifeCare Pump Model 4200 PCA Infuser is designed with a number of mechanical, electrical, and software safeguards that prevent patient injury or drug abuse.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Hospira Inc., 275 N Field Dr, Lake Forest IL 60045-2579
  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Source