Teleflex Inc. Recalls Tracheostomy Sets Due to Disconnection Risk

TeleflexTeleflex (NYSE:TFX) today issued a recall for select Willy Rusch TracheoFlex tracheostomy tube sets due to possible disconnection issues.

The federal watchdog labeled the recall as Class 1, indicating “a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death,” according to the agency.

Teleflex said it is recalling the units due to the possibility that the connector may disconnect from the tracheostomy tube during use, which could deprive the patient of ventilation and would require immediate intervention.

Issues with compromised products could cause serious adverse health consequences including oxygen deprivation, brain damage and death.

The recall affects lot numbers 15451, 15291, 15331, 15371, 15501, 15261, 15391, 15421, 15461 and 15491 with product codes 120502-000030, 120502-000040, 120502-000050, 120502-000060, 858121-000050 and 858121-000060. Units affected by the recall were manufactured between June 2015 and December 2015 and distributed between July 2015 and May 2016.

Only 5 units distributed in the U.S. in total are affected by the recall. Teleflex instructed customers with the select items to quarantine and return them, with a return to be credited by Teleflex.

In September, Teleflex said it is shuttering a North Carolina facility, with plans to lay off 104 employees at the facility.

The company’s Ashboro subsidiary Arrow said in May it had plans to lay off 84 employees at the facility, and filed again in August with plans to lay off another 20. The layoffs are expected to go into effect in October.

The company said it had 635 employees in Asheboro when it originally announced the impending closure in 2014.

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