Infant Warmers Urgently Recalled due to Falling Risk
On July 12, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced the Class I recall of GE Healthcare’s Giraffe and Panda i-Res Infant Warmers after GE received reports of infants suffering injuries, including fractured skulls, associated with the warmers. A Class I recall is the FDA’s most serious designation, reserved for products that pose a reasonable probability of severe injuries or death. This expansive recall affects a total of 25,204 infant warmers distributed between October 1, 2007 and February 28, 2019.
Infant warmers are devices found in a hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (“NICU”) and Labor and Delivery area used to regulate the body temperatures of infants unable to do so on their own. The issue with the Giraffe and Panda i-Res Infant Warmers is that their bedside panels and latch areas can crack or break if the unit is moved by hospital staff using the bedside panels, rather than the front or rear maneuvering handles. A cracked or broken latch can cause the bedside panel to unfasten and fall open, potentially leading to an infant falling from the warmer.
Prior to initiating the recall, GE Healthcare received at least 338 complaints related to the Giraffe and Panda i-Res Infant Warmers. Tragically, two of these reports involved infants who fell from the warmers and fractured their skulls.
If your infant child has suffered injuries following a fall from a Giraffe or Panda i-Res Infant Warmer, contact one of the experienced product liability attorneys at Burg Simpson’s Cincinnati office today. Our award-winning lawyers would be happy to discuss your potential claim. Call 1-800-713-9340 or fill out our contact form for a FREE no-obligation consultation today.