AUDIENCE: Risk Manager

ISSUE: Potential for the device to fail to detect air in line at the end of an infusion. Failure to detect air in line may result in the delivery of air to the patient, resulting in serious injury or death.

BACKGROUND: The Symbiq Infusion System is an infusion pump intended for the delivery of fluids, solutions, drugs, agents, nutritionals, electrolytes, blood and blood products via parenteral, enteral, intravenous, intra-arterial, subcutaneous, epidural or irrigation routes of administration.

RECOMMENDATION: Hospira mailed clinical bulletins to affected customers on April 9, 2010, and an updated clinical bulletin on June 11, 2010. In the June 11, 2010 letter, Hospira states the user does not have to remove or stop using the Symbiq infusion pump, and provided recommended mitigation actions.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

  • Complete and submit the report Online:
  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178


[08/31/2010 - Recall Notice - FDA]