Recall of Device Recall Baxter Meridian Hemodialysis Instrument

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Baxter Healthcare Renal Div.

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 Date Posted
  • 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.
  • Extra notes in the data
    Dialyzer, High Permeability With Or Without Sealed Dialysate System - Product Code KDI
  • Reason
    Microbubbles of air in the extracorporeal blood circuit during hemodialysis therapy on the meridian.
  • Action
    Urgent Device Correction letters dated 3/11/04 were sent to all Meridian users, informing them of adverse events associated with air in the extracorporeal blood circuit during hemodialysis therapy on the Meridian. The letter outlined the clinical practices that must be followed for all hemodialysis therapies to reduce the potential for air to be introduced into the extracorporeal blood circuit during hemodialysis. Any questions or related events to report were directed to Baxter Instrument Services at 1-800-553-6898, select prompt 3, option 2 and choice 2. Baxter developed a permanent fix -- an enhanced air detector with improved sensitivity, making it capable of detecting air bubbles of a smaller size. Letters were sent to all Meridian customers on 7/11/05, informing them of the availability of the new detector and that a Baxter Field Service Engineer would contact them to schedule the upgrade.


  • Model / Serial
    all serial numbers
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Nationwide, Mexico, China and Korea.
  • Product Description
    Baxter Meridian Hemodialysis Instrument, product codes 5M5576 and 5M5576R; Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Renal Division, McGaw Park, IL 60085 U.S.A.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Baxter Healthcare Renal Div, 1620 Waukegan Rd Bldg R, Mc Gaw Park IL 60085-6730
  • Source