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Medical Device Alert: Central venous catheters manufactured by Arrow International (a division of Teleflex) (MDA/2014/022)

This Medical Device Alert has been issued as the extension lumen may have the wrong exit (proximal, medial, distal) and size printed on it, although the hub colour coding remains correct.

Risk of incorrect lumen selection.

The extension lumen may have the wrong exit (proximal, medial, distal) and size printed on it, although the hub colour coding remains correct.

For example the distal lumen may be printed with the words 'medial 18 GA' instead of 'distal 16GA'.

Arrow International issued a Field Safety Notice (FSN) dated 15 May 2014.

Clinicians and nursing staff may rely on the printed information on the catheter lumens to identify them and to select the appropriate lumen to deliver blood and other fluids.

Misprinted lumens could lead to a range of problems, if used inappropriately.

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