Colleague infusion pumps, which are manufactured by Baxter International Inc., are widely used at hospitals to deliver controlled amounts of medications or other fluids through an intravenous (IV), intra-arterial (IA), epidural, and other acceptable route of administration. The Colleague infusion pump is designed to continuously monitor sensors and control software, and is supposed to alarm, stop infusing, and display a failure code if this monitoring detects an unexpected situation. 

Colleague Infusion Pump Battery Failure & Alarm Failure

In January 2009, Baxter International Inc. issued a letter notifying customers about Colleague infusion pump battery failures and other problems that could lead to:

  • interruption of therapy
  • damaged battery messages
  • smoke and fire hazards
  • serious injury and/or death

Specifically, the letter warned that failure codes in the Colleague Volumetric infusion pumps could cause them to shut down while delivering critical fluids, resulting in a potentially fatal interruption of therapy. The letter also cautioned that Colleague infusion pumps may overheat, resulting in smoke and fire, if they are improperly cleaned and/or if there is compromised battery harness insulation. Additionally, the letter notified customers about a high occurrence of damaged battery messages related to the use of the pump as a battery-operated device. According to Baxter, the safe and effective use of Colleague infusion pumps is dependent on specific battery care practices as described in the operator’s manual.

Class 1 Colleague Infusion Pump Recall

While Baxter initially called the Colleague infusion pump action an “urgent device correction,”? the FDA announced that it was re-classifying it as a Class 1 recall on March 11, 2009. A Class one recall is the FDA’s most severe recall classification. According to the agency, Class 1 recalls “involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of the product will cause serious injury or death.”?

Baxter Colleague Infusion Pump Injury Lawyer

If you or a family member were injured by a Colleague infusion pump alarm failure, battery failure, or other defect, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Contact a Colleague infusion pump injury attorney today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

Published November 17, 2011 by