FDA Alerts

Becton Dickinson CareFusion 303, Inc. Recalls Alaris System Pump Module and Pump Module Door Assembly Replacement Kits Due to the Potential for Stuck or Unresponsive Keys

The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.

Fri Oct 02 2020By FDA

Recalled Product

  • BD Alaris Pump Module and Pump Module Door Assembly Replacement Kits
  • Affected Models:
  • Manufacturing Dates: December 1, 2016 to January 23, 2019
  • Distribution Dates: December 1, 2016 to January 23, 2019
  • Devices Recalled in the U.S.: 264,746
  • Date Initiated by Firm: August 4, 2020

Device Use

The Alaris System is an infusion pump and vital signs monitoring system.

The infusion pump module delivers fluids, medications, blood and blood products into a patient's body in controlled amounts. The fluids are provided through an infusion tubing set into a patient's vein or through other cleared routes of administration. The system is used in hospitals and other health care facilities.

Reason for Recall 

BD/CareFusion 303 is recalling the BD Alaris Pump Module and Pump Module Door Assembly Replacement Kits because the keypad may have one or more keys that become unresponsive or stuck. This may lead to an infusion delay or prevent clinicians from changing fluid or medication infusions on the affected devices. 

High-risk patient populations who are receiving life-sustaining infusions are at the greatest risk of harm. For these patients, delays or interruption of infusion can cause serious injury or death.

BD has received  976 complaints about this device issue. There have been no reported injuries or deaths.

Who May be Affected

  • Health care providers using the BD Alaris System 
  • Patients who  receive fluids or medications delivered by the BD Alaris System 

What to Do

On August 4, 2020, BD/CareFusion 303, Inc. sent an Urgent Medical Device Recall notice to all affected customers and provided the following instructions:

Actions for Health Care Providers

If the if the pump module keypad becomes unresponsive or stuck, remove the pump from service and send it to your facility’s biomedical engineering staff. If a critical medication is being administered, continue the infusion until it is safe to replace the pump module. In an urgent situation,  close the roller clamp on the IV administration set to stop an infusion.

BD and CareFusion sent letters with additional instruction for customers. These are linked in the resources section below.

Contact Information

Recall related questions
BD Recall Support Center
Phone: 888-562-6018
Phone hours: 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM Pacific, Monday – Friday
Email: SupportCenter@bd.com

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