Surgical Stapler Misuse Tops ECRI’s 2020 Top 10 Medtech Hazards List
Surgical stapler misuse, point-of-care ultrasound issues and unproven surgical robotic procedures all rank high for 2020 in ECRI Institute’s annual "Top 10 Health Technology Hazards" report.
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Ethicon Inc. – a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson – is recalling its Echelon Flex Endopath staplers because an out-of-spec component was used in the jaw of the device, leading to misshapen staples. It’s the second high-risk class I recall for Ethicon staplers this year.
The Echelon circular powered stapler for colorectal, gastric and thoracic surgery features Ethicon’s 3D stapling technology to evenly distribute compression and a gripping-surface technology that reduces compressive forces on tissue. The company expects the new system will reduce leaks at the staple line without compromising blood or lymphatic perfusion.
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