Glidescope GVL Video Laryngoscope reusable blades are being recalled by the Bothell, Washington-based Verathon Inc. because there’s a possibility that the tips of the blades could crack or even break. If this occurs while a doctor is tending to a patient, it could lead to the blade cracking away inside the mouth of the individual. He or she could then potentially swallow this component or it could block the airway outright. No one has reported experiencing this type of an issue at this moment in time. Healthcare professionals are being asked to refrain from using the blades; free replacements are being offered by Verathon. Affected blades were produced between December 2010 and August of last year.
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