Silencer S2200 Centrifuge Recall: Biohazard Release Risk
A recall has been issued for the Silencer S2200 Centrifuge due to a potential risk that it could spray an area with dangerous projectiles and biohazardous material.
The Silencer centrifuge recall was announced earlier this month by the FDA and Global Focus Marketing & Distribution, Ltd., the manufacturer, after one report was received where the bucket used to hold samples shattered the centrifuge’s lid and ejected samples out of the machine.
Centrifuges are used in the testing of blood, urine and other fluids, which could contain infectious diseases. The centrifuges spin fluids at a high rate of speed, usually to cause them to separate.
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The FDA has classified the market withdrawal as a Class 1 recall, the most serious category of medical device recall. The classification means that the FDA believes that there is a reasonable probability that using the Silencer S2200 Centrifuge will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.
According to the recall notice, the problem occurs if a bucket and insert are not seated correctly on the rotor. In such an instance, anyone in the immediate area faces a double risk of both injury from projectiles and exposure to potentially infected material.
The recall affects Silencer S2200 Centrifuges manufactured from March 17, 1995 through December 1, 1998 with serial numbers 0493128 through 0798286, November 6, 1998 through June 30, 2006 with serial numbers 98267203 through 06067205, and March 31, 2004 through October 14, 2009, with serial numbers 04084R01 through 09274R01.
The FDA recommends that any customers who have one of the affected units should immediately stop using it and contact Global Focus. Customers can call the company by phone at 1-800-323-4306 or email them at email@example.com.
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