The leak can occur if a healthcare provider doesn’t install a CO2 canister in the correct way. In some cases, the gasket that connects the CO2 canister to the anesthesia delivery system can become misaligned. In most cases, a CO2 leak should be noticed during startup testing of the unit.
According to information released by the company, the A5 and A3 anesthesia systems can still be used safely. However, customers must confirm that the canister gasket is properly installed before use of the device.
Affected gaskets were shipped between May 21st of 2011 and July 15th of 2012. Shipments of the affected gasket canisters went to the United States, Australia and Latin America. The company initially warned customers about the recall by postal mail in August of this year. To date, the faulty gasket has been replaced on approximately 70 percent of all units.
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