Baxter issued an urgent safety communication regarding the upstream occlusion alarms for its Spectrum V8 and Spectrum IQ infusion pumps.

Baxter first warned about problems with its Spectrum V8 and Spectrum IQ infusion pumps in a safety communication on Dec. 29, 2021. The company noted that the pumps would not sound an alarm if a blockage was preventing medication from flowing to a patient, caused by previous alarms not being resolved correctly. 

The problems affects more than 140,600 Sigma V8 infusion systems and more than 175,000 Spectrum IQ pumps. 

According to Baxter, providers can continue to use the pumps, but must follow on-screen instructions and in the operator’s manual. For instance, they should check that all clamps are open, that there are no kinks in the tubing and confirm fluid flow before infusion and during an occlusion alarm. 

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