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Recalled Surgical Device Responsible For At Least 3 Deaths

If you’ve ever had to have a surgery, you know the fear that comes along with it.  Will I be ok?  Is this the right thing for me to do?  What will happen if I have trouble?  There are just so many uncertainties, and unfortunately when going under the knife, there is nothing you can do but hope and pray for the best possible outcome.

But, what if you find out that something used in your surgery has been recalled?  Sure would make me hesitate the next time I have to have anything done, that’s for sure!

The latest recall is from medical device manufacturer Covidien.  They have announced a recall on all lots of its Duet TRS Universal Straight and Articulating Single Use Loading Units.  The Covidien tissue reinforcement product, which is applied to a patient at the same time as medical staples, should no longer be used in chest surgeries.

The maker of the device used in thoracic surgery recalled all lots of two product lines after receiving reports of 13 serious post-operative injuries and three deaths, following the surgery.

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