FDA announced a Class 1 Recall (the most serious kind) today for for “single lumen” catheters made by Centurion Medical Products. Over 1,000 of these products are subject to the recall. The product is a tiny tube used to sample blood or administer medications. These recalled catheters were made improperly, so that pieces of the end of the catheter can break off and actually enter the blood stream. The danger is that the material will cause “blood clots, embolism of the excess material to vital organs, or death.”
If you’re having blood sampled in or drugs administered, ask your doctor or nurse to double check whether they are using a Centurion catheter, and inform them of this recall.
(Image Taken from FDA Recall Page)