Respironics recalls V60 ventilator due to potentially fatal software problem

by Jay Pate

Respironics California Inc. has issued a recall notice for the company’s V60 ventilators due to a software problem that could lead to serious complications for patients, including death. The V60 ventilator recall involved about 19,000 units that were sold worldwide by Respironics.

The V60 ventilator is a mechanical device designed to help patients who have trouble breathing while they are hospitalized or otherwise under the care of a physician. Patients who are treated with the V60 may include those with respiratory failure, chronic respiratory insufficiency, or obstructive sleep apnea.

According to a press release issued by the Food and Drug Administration about the recall, software problems with the V60 Power Management Board Assembly could cause the ventilator to fail unexpectedly. If this occurs, it could cause ventilator support with the V60 to be lost without a warning alarm going off. If not detected quickly, this could lead to the death of some patients.

The decision to recall the V60 ventilators comes just weeks after Respironics sent a letter to hospitals and other customers who purchased the device stating that they were still safe to use. The company’s letter in early June 2013 stated that customers could continue to use the ventilators pending a software update by Respironics to correct potential problems with the device.

The recall of the V60 ventilators includes more than 12,000 units that were sold to customers in the U.S. The recalled ventilators were distributed by Respironics between November 2009 and March 2013.

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by Jay Pate

John “Jay” Pate is a licensed attorney who focuses his practice on complex tort litigation involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and product liability cases.