FDA Warns of Temporary Shortage Smiths Medical Tracheostomy Tube

Published: 04/16/2019

  • Food and Drug Administration
Relevant To:
  • All Healthcare Organizations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting health care professionals, parents and caregivers that there is a temporary shortage of a type of a tracheostomy tube manufactured by Smiths Medical. Smiths Medical’s Bivona tracheostomy tubes are used in health care facilities, such as hospitals, or at home for both adult and pediatric patients. Prior to initial use, Bivona tracheostomy tubes are sterilized with ethylene oxide before they are marketed in the U.S. After initial use, patien

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