Cook Medical recalls fixed core wire guides due to device damage from manufacturing error

Nov. 17, 2020

Cook Medical announced it is recalling the fixed core wire guides because five lots of wire guides dropped onto an unchecked surface during production. This drop could cause the wire guide to bend out of shape or become dirty. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified this as a Class I recall, as use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.

Use of the affected product may cause serious adverse events, including end organ embolization. There have been no complaints about this device issue. There have been no reported injuries or deaths.

Recalled product:

Cook Medical Fixed Core Wire Guide

Affected Models: o Model TSCF-35-260-3



Manufacturing Dates: August 24, 2020

Distribution Dates: September 09, 2020

Devices Recalled in the U.S.: 61

Date Initiated by Firm: October 14, 2020

The Cook Medical Fixed Core Wire Guide is a curved wire made of stainless steel with non-reactive coating. The device helps insert and guide the placement of medical devices, like catheters and introducer sheaths inside a patient’s body.

On October 22, 2020, Cook Medical sent an Urgent Medical Device Recall notice to all affected customers notifying them the company is removing devices potentially affected from the market and determining the correct actions to prevent a repeat of this issue.

The letter provided the following instructions for customers:

·        Examine inventory as soon as possible to find any potentially affected products

·         Quarantine any affected product that is unused. Immediately cease all distribution and use of this product.

·         Return the affected products to Cook Medical with a copy of the Acknowledgement and Receipt Form included in the letter to receive a product credit.

·         Share the Urgent Medical Device Recall letter with appropriate staff, including down to the user level, within the organization, or with any organization where the potentially affected devices have been transferred.

·         Immediately report adverse events to Cook Medical Customer Relations.

FDA has the recall.