Medtronic is notifying customers worldwide of a voluntary field corrective action for its Puritan Bennett 980 (PB980) ventilator series, according to an FDA news release. Medtronic initiated this field action on September 19, 2018.
A Puritan Bennett 980 ventilator is a mechanical ventilator used to support a patient’s breathing. This prescription device is operated by trained healthcare professionals in an acute and or critical care clinical setting for neonatal, pediatric and adult patients.
The voluntary field corrective action is a software update to address customer feedback. The software updates the external USB Drive performance and its impact on Graphical User Interface (GUI) functionality and the labeling displayed on the GUI during ventilator use. The software update also provides additional product enhancements. Medtronic is currently updating all PB980 ventilators to this new software version at customer facilities.
The company has updated the PB980 ventilator Operator’s Manual with additional information for users.
Medtronic is advising customers that they can continue to use their PB980 ventilators, before the MR5.4 software update is installed, in accordance with institutional policies. Medtronic has not received any confirmed reports of serious adverse health consequences related to the issues this software update addresses. FDA has classified this action as a Class I recall.