Rapid response to medical device recalls: an organized patient-centered team effort

Timothy I. Morgenthaler, Emily A. Linginfelter, Peter C. Gay, Sandra E. Anderson, Daniel Herold, Virginia Brown, Joseph M. Nienow

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As more patients depend upon mechanical or electronic technologies for treatment, medical device recalls-like the recent recall of common positive airway pressure treatment devices-impact millions of patients, often causing significant anxiety, extra costs, and interruption of care for patients. When recalls require health care and/durable medical equipment providers to be part of the solution, the burden on practices and businesses can be significant, creating strains on access for new patients and on limited medical supplies. We have observed that having an established and well-organized medical device recall plan in place allows for a rapid response, decreased practice burden, and reduced provider stress. Coupling the organized response with proactive, empathic, and clear communication with patients reduces their anxiety, provides clear directions for how to address the issue constructively, and reduces reactive communications. We share what we believe are key components of a medical device and produce recall procedure as we describe our institutions response in hopes that others can build on these basics as they design their own response plans. CITATION: Morgenthaler TI, Linginfelter EA, Gay PC, et al. Rapid response to medical device recalls: an organized patient-centered team effort. J Clin Sleep Med. 2022;18(2):663-667.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)663-667
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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