Our lawyers are now accepting potential lawsuits on behalf of infants who were injured after being treated with Fisher Paykel CPAP Nasal Prongs. It has recently been found that these devices may detach from the nasal tubing during use and interrupt therapy, increasing the risk of low blood oxygen (hypoxemia), airway obstruction, choking and death. As a result of these problems, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class I Recall for the Fisher & Paykel CPAP Infant Nasal Prong on May 23, 2014.
Free Fisher and Paykel CPAP Nasal Prong Lawsuit Evaluation: If your child or other loved one has been injured by a Fisher Paykel Nasal Prong included in this recall, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against Fisher & Paykel and we can help.
FDA Recall: Infant Nasal Prongs May Detach During Use and Cause Choking, Airway Obstruction
According to the FDA Recall Announcement, Fisher and Paykel have received at least 24 reports in which its infant nasal prongs detached from the nasal tubing during use. When this occurs, therapy is likely to be interrupted, leading to an increased risk of low blood oxygen (hypoxemia). The detached prongs may enter the baby’s mouth, causing choking and/or airway obstruction. Use of this device may cause life-threatening health complications, including death. Click Here for a complete list of model and lot numbers included in this recall.
What is a CPAP Nasal Prong?
Fisher Paykel CPAP Nasal Prongs are designed to connect to the FlexiTrunk Patient Interface. The prongs are placed in the infant’s nostrils to deliver continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), which involves injecting air into the patient’s nose. The prongs are used in children weighing 22 pounds or less in a hospital or clinical setting where the patient is monitored by medical staff. Fisher & Paykel CPAP Nasal Prongs are not intended for use as a life-supporting device.
Beginning on April 11, 2014, Fisher and Paykel sent its customers a letter informing them of the CPAP Infant Nasal Prong recall. The letter identified the specific product, problem, and actions that should be taken, which include:
- Identifying any recalled prongs in their inventory by checking the REF and LOT number. For starter kits, only the nasal prongs are being recalled, and the rest of the device is suitable for use.
- Destroy the recalled prongs by cutting them in half and throwing them away.
- Fill out Section A ‘Inspection of Stock’ on the Recall Response Form and return it to your Fisher Paykel Representative.
- Contact the company for replacement products.