Johnson & Johnson (J&J) recently issued a Class I recall of surgical bone putty due to a fire risk. The Hemostatic Bone Putty presents a serious safety risk when used in surgeries involving an electrosurgical cautery system. The putty can ignite, causing severe and permanent injuries to the patient.
The recall is designated as Class I, reserved only for medical devices that present the probable threat of serious injury or death. Hemostatic Bone Putty is manufactured by J&J unit, Synthes, which issued the formal recall letter for putty made between July 6, 2011 and Dec. 14, 2011.
It’s alarming to think that such a dangerous defect could avoid J&J’s internal quality controls. Operating rooms already have ample opportunities for surgery errors, defective surgical instruments should never be of concern to patients.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a surgical fire, contact an experienced Ohio hospital negligence attorney to explore your legal options for recourse.
Source: Crain’s New York Business, “J&J Adds Another Item To Recall List,” Reuters News, Aug. 21, 2012