Hospira, Inc. has issued an alert about a number of the company’s medical devices that have defective AC power cords. These devices include infusion pumps, compounders, monitoring devices and printers.
This action comes after reports of sparking, charring and fires on the plug of the power cord. Hospira has determined that the power cord’s prongs may crack and fail at or inside the plug. That could lead to fire, electrical shock, device failure, and interference with therapy. Depending on the device and the type of therapy, these failures could cause potentially serious injury or death.Â Hospira is working with its customers to replace the power cords on all the affected devices, regardless of their condition. The complete list of these devices can be found below.
In the meantime, Hospira is advising users of the affected devices to inspect their power cords. The defective cords have a prong and ground-pin insert design, with a black plastic bridge connecting the terminal prongs on the plug. Devices with power cords that don’t have this black bridge connecting the terminal prongs are not affected.