The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classified an April 1, 2013, action by Hospira, Inc. regarding its intravascular administration sets (blood sets) as a class I recall. Hospira determined that it was possible for the piercing pin used to open the blood bags’ valves to puncture the blood sets’ outer walls, causing leakage of blood, delayed transfusion, and exposing people nearby to blood products.
What Are Hospira Blood Sets?
Blood sets are plastic bags that contain blood taken during a transfusion. They have a valve opening at the top that can be punctured with a pin to facilitate blood transfusions.
Hospira Blood Sets Might Cause Life-Threatening Side Effects
In April 2013, Hospira received word that a blood transfusion patient died in part because the piercing pin from one of its blood sets punctured the outside wall of the blood bag. Hospira determined that while its piercing pin was ISO (International Organization for Standardization)-compliant, its product was occasionally being used with non-ISO-compliant blood sets. The pierced blood set caused a delay in the patient’s transfusion, contributing to his or her death.
Hospira responded by sending new, shorter, blunter piercing pins to its consumers, and it does not recommend discontinuing use of the current pins. Medical professionals should use extreme caution when using the old pins, though.
On August 14, 2013, the FDA declared Hospira’s letter a class I recall, the agency’s most serious kind of alert, because “there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.”
RLG’s Hospira Blood Sets Lawyers Will Make Things Easier
The process of demanding compensation for the harm you’ve suffered can be complicated, even if it doesn’t seem fair that you should have to go through even more trouble to be made whole again. The lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group believe that obtaining legal satisfaction from those who harmed you shouldn’t require more hardship. That’s why we do everything we can to streamline the process, and we will file a Hospira blood set lawsuit on your behalf if necessary. RLG will also keep you up to date on any Hospira blood set class action lawsuits, FDA Hospira blood set warnings, and additional Hospira blood set FDA recall announcements. If you or a loved one received transfusion from a Hospira blood set and believe it caused an injury, contact RLG today.