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Class 1 Device Recall Multi Absorber Original, Disposable

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  Class 1 Device Recall Multi Absorber Original, Disposable see related information
Date Initiated by Firm September 19, 2013
Date Posted December 13, 2013
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on March 10, 2015
Recall Number Z-0472-2014
Recall Event ID 66638
Product Classification Absorber, carbon-dioxide - Product Code BSF
Product Multi Absorber Original, Disposable
M1173310 Multi Absorber Original, Disposable, package of 6 pcs,

GE Healthcare Finland Oy
Made in US
Rx Only

The GE Healthcare Multi Absorber Original, Disposable is a disposable product intended for use with the GE Healthcare Advanced Breathing System (later ABS), the GE Healthcare EZchange manifold, the GE Healthcare Compact Block, and the GE Healthcare Compact Block II (later Compact Block). The Multi Absorber should only be used with air, oxygen, nitrous oxide, halothane, enflurane, isoflurane, desflurane and sevoflurane. The device is intended to be used under constant attention of qualified professional healthcare personnel.
Code Information product number M1173310 containing lot numbers 12001 through 13031.   
Recalling Firm/
GE Healthcare, LLC
3000 N Grandview Blvd
Waukesha WI 53188-1615
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Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
GE Healthcare has recently become aware of a potential safety issue due to air leakage associated with the CO2 Multi Absorber.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Device Design
Action GE issued an Urgent Medical Device Correction letter dated September 19, 2013, to all affected customers via Fed Ex overnight mail. The letter identified the product, the problem, and the action to be taken by the customer. Customers were instructed to not use the affected product, isolate all affected product and return the attached form via fax to 800-535-7923. Once the information is received, customers would be contacted with an RMA and replacement information. If product was distributed further the notice should be forwarded to those customers. For questions customers should call 1-800-345-2700, option 2 followed by ooption 2. For foreign customers 1-800-932-0760, option 2. For questions regarding this recall call 262-513-4122. GE issued a press release on 12/30/2013.
Quantity in Commerce US: 59,721 boxes, 358,326 canisters; OUS: 3,724 boxes, 22,344 canisters
Distribution Worldwide Distribution - USA (nationwide) Puerto Rico and Internationally to Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Venezuela.
Total Product Life Cycle TPLC Device Report

1 A record in this database is created when a firm initiates a correction or removal action. The record is updated if the FDA identifies a violation and classifies the action as a recall, and it is updated for a final time when the recall is terminated. Learn more about medical device recalls.
2 Per FDA policy, recall cause determinations are subject to modification up to the point of termination of the recall.
3 For details about termination of a recall see Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 21 §7.55.