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FDA Recalls Pediatric Incubators Due to Product Malfunction

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The FDA issued a class I recall for two types of infant incubators manufactured by GE Healthcare due to a product error than can cease delivery of oxygen and heat.

According to MedPage Today, the two products—the Giraffe Incubator and the Giraffe OmniBed—may erase the information stored on their on-board computers after being turned on or reset. This malfunction can lead to the shutting down of the incubator’s heat and oxygen features, a critical aspect of infant incubation; the products also experience a problem wherein an alarm may not sound to notify personnel of the issue. The incubators can lead to an infant’s death as well as hypothermia and hyperthermia; the amount of oxygen can also be improperly dispensed because of the failure.

GE Healthcare alerted consumers earlier this year of the incubators’ issues, and informed users how the issues might be resolved, but the FDA recall did not occur until this week. The FDA has posted the serial numbers of affected products on their website.

A patient who has suffered harm from one of these products may be liable to file a personal injury lawsuit against GE Healthcare; a personal injury attorney will be able to help you figure out your rights to legal redress and compensation. Our personal injury law firm has had extensive experience handling personal injury claims against the manufacturers of dangerous products. As well, if you have general questions about how we handle product recall suits, you can look over our FAQs on the subject.

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