Philips Healthcare has issued a recall of infant and neonatal-sized Philips FilterLine H Set and VitaLine H Set Microstream carbon dioxide (CO2) sampling lines due to bits of plastic that may become lodged in the tubes. The devices measure how much carbon dioxide has been exhaled by infants during ventilation.
The problem that led to the recall is that bits of plastic may be inhaled by the infant. These recalled C02 lines were shipped to hospitals and other healthcare providers between November 2010 and March 2011.
No problems have been reported yet, thankfully. But this is something that has to be taken seriously: inhalation of the plastic strands on the defective devices may cause respiratory compromise, which could result in serious illness or death.
I don’t know what happened here. I do know that the last people on earth you want to have complications with are infants on ventilation.