Glidescope Blade Recall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 29, 2012 – Verathon Inc., Bothell, Washington, is initiating a voluntary recall of GlideScope GVL Video Laryngoscopes reusable blades that were manufactured between December 2010 and August 2011. These laryngoscope blades have been found to be prone to developing cracks and/or breaking across the tip of the blade, which potentially could result in pieces of the blade breaking off in patient’s mouths and obstructing the airway or being swallowed.

Healthcare facilities that have GlideScope GVL reusable blades that are being recalled should stop using the blades and contact Verathon Customer Care to obtain a replacement blade.

Read the full Recall Notice



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4 Responses to Glidescope Blade Recall

  1. Joe C. says:

    Great device until the screen began malfunctioning. While under warranty, this device was sent to glidescope for repair, was sent back without being fixed, and now glidescope refuses to honor the warranty. In hind sight, our service would not have bought this device if we knew that the company would not stand behind their product.

    • phillydan says:

      Joe C, try calling your sales rep. Explain you sent it back while under warranty, and it was returned not working. If you forgot who it is, call customer service and ask who your local rep is. They really might be able to help. This company has a good reputation, so I’m surprised by your experience.

      • Joe C says:

        We’ve been down that road, started there actually. It’s been a back and forth process with very little interest on GlideScooe’s part to honor their warranty. It’s in our legal department’s hands now.

  2. phillydan says:

    Joe C, I am shocked and very disappointed. Sounds like you did everything right, and still got nowhere. Very unfortunate.

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