Infusion Pumps, Fluid Warmers, and Rapid Infusers May Carry Air Embolism Risks, FDA Warns
February 1, 2019

Federal health officials warn that certain infusion pumps, fluid warmers, rapid infusers and other related accessories could allow air to enter into a patients’ blood vessels, placing them at an increased risk of developing an embolism.

In a safety communication issued on January 31, the FDA advises medical professionals to use proper safety procedures and follow the agency’s recommendations when using the devices, to make sure steps are taken to mitigate the risk that air may be introduced into a patients’ blood vessels.