Boston Scientific is a corporation that manufactures medical aids and technology. Recently, they were forced to voluntarily recall their Imager II 5f angiographic catheters due to critical defects. According to Medscape, a portion of the catheters had the potential to break off within a patient’s blood stream or vessels. These occurrences were most likely to happen during important procedures such as surgery.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quickly issued the catheters as a Class 1 recall with a total report of 9 injuries so far. A Class 1 recall is acknowledged for its high probability of causing adverse medical problems including death and should be taken seriously.
A summary of the recall notice from the FDA warned that the catheters could possibly attribute to prolonged time periods within a hospital due to emergency surgeries needed to remove the catheter. They also noted that more serious problems could occur such as strokes or even death from usage.
Boston Scientific has been desperately working to notify all affected medical facilities using their catheters to send them back to their company.
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