According to the safety notice out of Germany, the leakage may occur from the device in ruptured spot welds in the chamber, in some instances due to a worn door seal. The affected devices were produced before November 2012.
Any leakage, which Getinge says will be noticed by hospital staff, could create a hazardous situation with a risk of slipping or infection from contaminated water.
Sweden-based Getinge urged users to check the serial number of the washer-disinfector to see if the device is affected, then check if the machine is leaking. If it is leaking, Getinge said customers should call for a service technician. Customers may continue to use the machine, but the company suggested users take caution in doing so.
The Getinge 88-Series system is a fully automatic, microprocessor-controlled washer-disinfector for washing, intermediate disinfection and the drying of surgical instruments, hollow ware, wash bowls and baby bottles, containers, lab glass and anesthetic accessories.