- The FDA has warned that almost 15,000 recalled guidewires made by Medtronic (MDT) could cause serious harm or death.
- Medtronic initiated the recall last month following four complaints, including one in which a patient had to be resuscitated after a cardiac arrest. No deaths have been reported.
- Surgeons use guidewires to help put other devices into place in the body, including those used to open blocked arteries. The coating on Medtronic's products has the potential to come off, which could cause blood clots or other problems.
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