Draeger Medical is recalling the Oxylog 3000 Plus Emergency and Transport Ventilator after receiving reports that the device stopped ventilation because of a depleted battery, even after being reconnected to AC power. 

The ventilator may not automatically switch back to using AC power when it is plugged in and may continue using the battery until it is depleted, then stop providing ventilation. A battery alarm, “Charge int. battery” and “Int. battery discharged,” does occur with this issue.

Stopped ventilation may cause difficulty breathing, lack of oxygen, slow heartbeat, a sudden stop of the heart, other severe injuries, or death.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Draeger Medical reports six complaints, no injuries, and no deaths related to this issue.

The Recalled Product

Product name: Oxylog 3000 Plus Emergency and Transport Ventilator

Part numbers: 5704811 and 5704813

Product material numbers: See recall database entry

Distribution dates: April 30, 2012, to June 13, 2022

Devices recalled in the US: 300

Date initiated by firm: June 12, 2023

The Oxylog 3000 Plus Emergency and Transport Ventilator is used for people who require full or partial breathing assistance from a mechanical ventilator. Health care professionals use it during patient transport, either in an ambulance or aircraft or to move people using ventilators throughout the hospital and recovery room.

Who May be Affected

  • People who receive breathing support from the Oxylog 3000 Plus Emergency and Transport Ventilator
  • Health care providers who provide breathing support care for patients with Oxylog 3000 plus Emergency and Transport Ventilator

What to Do

In June 2023, Draeger Medical sent affected customers an Urgent Medical Device Recall letter with the following recommendations:

  • Make sure that the battery is always removed and reinserted or replaced after an occurrence of the “No int. battery charging” alarm message without removing the device from main power supply.
  • Ensure the correct switchover by disconnecting and then reconnecting the device to an AC main power supply before using the device on battery power. Indicator A (see diagram below) should display a green light, and indicator B should display a green or yellow light.
  • If indicator B displays a red light, you should disconnect and reconnect or replace the battery.
  • Devices can continue to be used safely as long as the precautions and actions above are taken.
  • Ensure that all users and maintenance personnel of the products within the organization are made aware of the recall notice.
  • Forward a copy of this information if products were provided to third parties.
  • Complete and return the Customer Acknowledgment Card attached to the letter to confirm the information was received.
  • Keep this information available until update measures have been completed.
  • Contact Draeger Service Technical Support with questions about the operation of the Oxylog 3000 plus: Technical Support 1-800-437-2437, press 2 at the prompt, then 2, then 1, between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm EST.
Diagram of Oxylog 3000 plus with labeled arrows for indicator lights A and B. Photo: FDA

The letter also states that a local Draeger service representative will contact customers to arrange for a firmware update of the Printed Board Assembly Charger.

Health care professionals and consumers may report adverse reactions or quality problems they experienced using these devices to MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program using the online form or call 1-800-332-1088 for more information on how to mail or fax the form.