Datascope/Maquet/Getinge is recalling the Cardiosave Hybrid and Rescue Intra-aortic Balloon Pumps (IABPs) because they may shut down unexpectedly due to electrical failures in the Power Management Board or Solenoid Board (Power Source Path).

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers it a class 1 recall, meaning that using the faulty machines could result in serious injury or death.

Using an affected pump may cause serious adverse health events, including unstable blood pressure, injury (for example: inadequate blood supply or a vital organ injury), and death.

Datascope/Maquet/Getinge reported 26 complaints. There have been no reports of injuries, or death.

The Cardiosave Hybrid Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) and the Cardiosave Rescue IABP are electromechanical systems used to inflate and deflate intra-aortic balloons. These systems provide temporary support to the left ventricle through counter pulsation. Once the balloon is positioned in the aorta, the pump is set to work in synchrony with the electrocardiogram or arterial pressure waveform to make the balloon inflate and deflate at the right time during the cardiac cycle.

Cardiosave Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps are indicated for acute coronary syndrome, cardiac and non-cardiac surgery, or complications of heart failure in adults. They are used in healthcare facilities.

On June 5, 2023, The company sent all affected customers an Important Medical Device Advisory.

The letter requested customers to:

  • Ensure there is an alternative IABP available to continue therapy.
  • Provide alternative hemodynamic support if there is no other means to continue counterpulsation therapy.