Connecticut readers who use ventilators may be interested to learn of a recent recall issued by the Food and Drug Administration. In April, Covidien plc recalled its HT70 Ventilator and the HT70 Plus Ventilators Power Pack batteries. The ventiliators are used to provide positive pressure mechanical ventilation, either continuously or intermittently. Customers have reported that the ventilators are giving off alarms or using backup battery support when still being used by the regular battery. The FDA believes that using batteries to operate these defective medical devices
poses a danger to the user. The FDA has issued a Class I recall, which means that the FDA believes it is probable that using the product could result in death or serious heart problems. Class I is the most serious recall the FDA issues. The FDA is asking that anyone who uses a ventilator verify the serial number. Any device numbered between 2096134110001 and 2292048120050 is being recalled. Any home user, distributor or health care provider that has one of these devices may contact Newport Medical Instruments to request replacement batteries at no cost. The law provides that a company that manufactures or distributes a defective product may be strictly liable for any injuries that result. An injured party may sue anyone in the chain of commerce, which can include the store that sold the product. Any person who has been injured by a defective medical device may benefit from speaking with a local attorney about the available options. Damages may include medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. When death results, the victim's family may be entitled to additional compensation to cover funeral costs.