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MAUDE Adverse Event Report: ARROW INTERNATIONAL INC. STIMUCATH SET: 19G CATH, 17G X 9CM NDL ANESTHESIA CONDUCT KIT

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ARROW INTERNATIONAL INC. STIMUCATH SET: 19G CATH, 17G X 9CM NDL ANESTHESIA CONDUCT KIT Back to Search Results
Model Number IPN040008
Device Problem Unraveled Material (1664)
Patient Problem No Clinical Signs, Symptoms or Conditions (4582)
Event Date 02/10/2021
Event Type  malfunction  
Manufacturer Narrative
Qn# (b)(4). A device history record review was performed on the catheter with no relevant findings. The customer reported the catheter started to unwind during removal. The customer returned one snaplock adapter and one catheter. The returned sample was visually examined with and without magnification. Visual examination of the returned snaplock adapter revealed that the snaplock appears typical with no observed defects or anomalies. Visual examination of the returned catheter revealed the proximal tip of the catheter appears to be intact as no damage was observed. The coil wire is extremely stretched at the distal tip, however, the distal tip appears to be intact on the returned catheter. No other defects or anomalies were observed. The customer also provided photographs. Photograph one (1) shows a lidstock. Photograph two (2) shows a catheter that appears to have stretched coil wire at the distal end. A dimensional inspection was performed on the returned catheter using a ruler. The returned catheter, including the coil wire, measures approximately 653mm. The coil wire is stretched at the distal end of the catheter. This is why the catheter is well beyond outside of the specification of 595-603mm per graphic b-05060-003 rev. 12. Also, the exposed coil at the proximal end measured approximately 4mm with a specification of 6. 5-8. 5mm and the exposed coil at the distal end measured approximately 35mm with a specification of 4-6mm. Specifications per graphic b-05060-003; rev. 12 were reviewed as a part of this complaint investigation. The ifu for this kit, b-05000-131b; rev. 2, was reviewed as a part of this complaint investigation. The ifu warns the user, "do not alter the catheter or any other kit/set component during placement, use, or removal. Never tug or quickly pull on catheter during removal from patient to reduce risk of catheter breakage. " also, on page one (1) under the catheter removal advisory, the ifu advises the user "excessive force should never be applied to nerve block catheters. If resistance is encountered, the position of the patient should be re-evaluated and another attempt to remove the catheter should be made. Skin traction in the direction opposite of that applied to catheter may facilitate removal. If removal is difficult, it is recommended that an x-ray be taken and that a consultation with a specialist be considered. " on page four (4) under catheter removal procedure, the ifu warns once again "if resistance is encountered, "stop, reposition patient and attempt removal again. Pressure on skin in the opposite direction from direction catheter is being pulled often helps to facilitate removal. After removal of catheter, inspect distal tip for continuity. " a corrective action is not required at this time as the condition of the sample received indicates unintentional user error caused or contributed to this event. The reported complaint of the catheter unwinding during removal was confirmed based upon the sample received. The coil wire was extremely stretched at the distal end. The ifu for this product warns the user not to apply additional tension if the catheter begins to stretch as there is a risk for separation. A device history record review was performed on the catheter with no evidence to suggest a manufacturing related cause. Therefore, based upon the condition of the sample received and the observed evidence of stretching of the coils, unintentional user error caused or contributed to this event.
 
Event Description
Catheter started to partially unwind during removal from patient's leg. Same md placed/removed catheter and did not encounter resistance upon placement. Please see attached pictures. Packaging was discarded, but all lots are the same in the location where the device were removed. We do have the catheter for return and analysis by arrow.
 
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Brand NameSTIMUCATH SET: 19G CATH, 17G X 9CM NDL
Type of DeviceANESTHESIA CONDUCT KIT
Manufacturer (Section D)
ARROW INTERNATIONAL INC.
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MDR Report Key11629969
MDR Text Key245860514
Report Number3006425876-2021-00349
Device Sequence Number1
Product Code CAZ
Combination Product (y/n)N
PMA/PMN Number
K030937
Number of Events Reported1
Summary Report (Y/N)N
Report Source Manufacturer
Source Type health professional
Type of Report Initial
Report Date 02/16/2021
1 Device was Involved in the Event
0 Patients were Involved in the Event:
Date FDA Received04/07/2021
Is this an Adverse Event Report? No
Is this a Product Problem Report? Yes
Device Operator
Device Model NumberIPN040008
Device Catalogue NumberAB-05060
Device Lot Number14F20H0236
Was Device Available for Evaluation? Device Returned to Manufacturer
Date Returned to Manufacturer03/02/2021
Was the Report Sent to FDA?
Event Location No Information
Date Manufacturer Received02/16/2021
Was Device Evaluated by Manufacturer? Yes
Date Device Manufactured09/20/2020
Is the Device Single Use? Yes
Is This a Reprocessed and Reused Single-Use Device? No
Type of Device Usage

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