Draeger warns of potential carcinogen released from ventilators

The FDA warned customers Aug. 23 that 703 Draeger hospital ventilators pose a risk of contaminants in the airpath and emissions of a potential carcinogen. 

During testing, Draeger Medical found polyether polyurethane in its Carina Sub-Acute Care Ventilator, which emits the possible carcinogen 1,3-Dichloro-2-propanol. Zero deaths, injuries and complaints have been reported. 

Clinicians are advised to continue using the devices for adults but not for pediatric patients. 

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