Recall Class: Class I

Date Recall Initiated: May 25, 2012

Product: Alaris PC unit, model 8015 with PC unit power supply board P/N TC10005122, manufactured after January 2011. Affected product was distributed from January 1, 2011, to May 31, 2012.

Affected serial numbers are available on the company’s website.

Use: The Alaris PC unit, model 8015 is part of the Alaris electronic infusion pump. Electronic infusion pumps deliver controlled amounts of medications or other fluids to patients through intravenous (IV), intra-arterial (IA), epidural, and other acceptable routes of administration.

Recalling Firm:
CareFusion 303, Inc.
10020 Pacific Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, California 92121

Reason for Recall: A component on the PC unit power supply board is causing an error code (120.4630): "System Error" or "Missing Battery Error" to occur. The error code is accompanied by both an audible alarm and a visual error message on the PC unit screen. If the error code occurs at start-up, the Alaris infusion pump cannot be programmed and this may cause a delay in patient therapy. If the error code occurs during infusion, the health care provider cannot make programming changes to current infusions, and this may result in serious injury and/or death to the patient.

Public Contact: Customers with questions about this recall can call the CareFusion Recall Support Center at 1-888-562-6018, 7am to 5pm (Pacific).

FDA District: Los Angeles

FDA Comments:

On June 27, 2012, CareFusion sent an Urgent Medical Device Recall Notice to customers who purchased the Alaris PC unit, model 8015. The following recommendations were included in that letter:

  • Do not return the affected devices.
  • If the error messages noted above are observed, remove the PC unit from use and contact the CareFusion Recall Support Center at 1-888-562-6018.
  • For clinical areas administering high-risk infusions, consider having additional devices as back-up until affected devices are remediated.
  • Complete and return the customer response card enclosed with the letter to expedite the corrective action process.

CareFusion will contact customers by phone within 60 days of receiving the letter to schedule a visit to replace the affected power supply board on the PC unit.

Class I recalls are the most serious type of recall and involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.

Health care professionals and consumers may report adverse reactions or quality problems they experienced using these products to MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program either online, by regular mail or by FAX.

Additional Information

Customer information about this recall on the CareFusion website