Medtronic has recalled 70,000 of its Covidien Shiley tracheostomy tubes for children and babies after receiving reports that some patients had difficulty breathing with them.
In 2012, Medtronic altered its Covidien Shiley tracheostomy tubes to give it a wider angle. Since that time, regulators have received hundreds of adverse event reports concerning the device. In a statement issued on Tuesday that was obtained by StarTribune, Medtronic said that switching back to models predating the design change seemed to address the young patients’ breathing issues. [Read more…]