Recall of Shiley Fenestrated Low Pressure Cuffed Tracheostomy Tube with Evacuation Line

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Nellcor Puritan Bennett Inc. (dba Covidien 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 1
  • 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
    Tube tracheostomy and tube cuff - Product Code JOH
  • Reason
    Inflatable cuff tracheostomy tubes may leak air, resulting in inadequate ventilation.
  • Action
    Covidien issued an "Urgent Medical Device Recall" notification dated April 13, 2010. Consignees were alerted to the affected device. If an affected product is already in use, the firm recommends that the tube be replaced as soon as the patient's physician determines it is clinically appropriate. All affected product is to be returned to the firm. For further Information, contact Covidien at 1-800-635-5267.


  • Model / Serial
    Lot Numbers: 0811000211 through 0907001570
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution -- United States (including Guam and Puerto Rico), Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Singapore and Uruguay.
  • Product Description
    Shiley Fenestrated Low Pressure Cuffed Tracheostomy Tube with Evacuation Line, 6 FEN-S, Assembled in Mexico, Tyco Healthcare Group LP, Nellcor Puritan Bennett Division, Pleasanton, CA. || Intended for bypass of upper airway obstructions, provide long term ventilation, support and/or manage tracheal/bronchial secretions.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Nellcor Puritan Bennett Inc. (dba Covidien Ltd), 6135 Gunbarrel Ave, Boulder CO 80301-3214
  • 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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