Smith & Nephew—4 mm BEAVER Blades: May Exhibit Brittle Fractures

January 20, 2016 | Strategic Insights for Health System


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In a January 11, 2016, Urgent Product Recall 1st Notification letter submitted by ECRI Institute member hospitals, Smith & Nephew states that it has received reports of incidents in which the blades below exhibited brittle fracture during arthroscopic hip surgery and that the blades may not meet the firm's specifications. Smith & Nephew also states that if the blade breaks and falls into the patient, the pieces may be difficult to retrieve, potentially delaying surgery. The manufacturer has not confirmed the...

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