Baxter recalls infusion pumps

July 30, 2007

Baxter Healthcare Corp. and the FDA have notified healthcare professionals and consumers of a Class I Recall of Baxter Upgraded Colleague Triple Channel Volumetric Infusion Pumps, Model numbers 2M8153, 2M8163, and 2M9163.

Baxter Healthcare Corp. and the FDA have notified healthcare professionals and consumers of a Class I Recall of Baxter Upgraded Colleague Triple Channel Volumetric Infusion Pumps, Model numbers 2M8153, 2M8163, and 2M9163. These electronic infusion pumps are used to deliver controlled amounts of medications or other fluids to patients through an intravenous, intra-arterial, epidural, or other direct line into the bloodstream. The product was recalled because a software irregularity causes the newly upgraded Colleague Triple Channel Volumetric Infusion Pumps to sound an alarm, display an error code, and stop the infusion. This occurs during user programming, with all three channels infusing fluids at the same time. There are reports of serious injuries associated with this issue. In reported cases, the pump stopped infusing, which caused it to activate an audible and a visual alarm. Interruption of life-threatening therapy could lead to serious injury or death. Customers can call 1-(800) 843-7867. To read the complete safety summary, consumers can visit