Class I Recall: Edwards Lifesciences Recalls the IntraClude Intra-Aortic Occlusion Device Due to Risk of Balloon Rupture

PUBLISHED: Jul 1, 2019
Relevant to: Hospitals

Edwards LifeSciences is recalling the IntraClude Intra-Aortic Occlusion Device due to a risk of balloon rupture during use, which may add time to the procedure and compromises the safety of the patient.

Recalled Product

  • IntraClude Intra-Aortic Occlusion Device ICF100
    Model: ICF100
    UDI code (01) 00690103190007
    60972890 61078031 61097633 61139239 61259627
    61259628 61713218 61723505 61898939
  • Distribution Dates: May 1, 2017 to February 19, 2019
  • Devices Recalled in the U.S.: 757
  • Date Initiated by Firm: May 14, 2019

The IntraClude Intra-Aortic Occlusion device is used in patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass - a technique in which a machine temporarily takes over the function of the heart and lungs during surgery.

When the IntraClude balloon is inflated, the device blocks and vents (occludes) the aorta so that the heart is assessed without interference of other organs. The IntraClude balloon bursting may cause serious adverse health consequences related to increased time the patient is on cardiopulmonary bypass, including neurological damage, embolism, stroke and death.

The firm has received 22 complaints related to balloon rupture or puncture. Three deaths have been reported.

On May 14, 2019, Edwards Lifesciences issued an Urgent Recall Notification sent to customers, listing the following actions:


  • Review the field safety notice to understand the potential hazard.
  • Complete and return the attached Acknowledgement Form within five business days of receiving this notice to Customer Service via fax at (800) 422-9329 or email to
  • Complete and return the Product Reconciliation Form to Customer Service:
  • Record the quantity of any of the listed lot numbers in your possession
  • Contact Customer Service to arrange return and replacement of affected devices, and
  • Return affected devices to Edwards with the Return Goods Authorization (RGA) provided.
  • Distribute this notice within your organization or to any organization where the potentially affected devices have been transferred. If you have further distributed this product, notify your customers to the user level. Report any balloon failures to Edwards Lifesciences.
  • Your assistance is appreciated and necessary to ensure that this notice is reviewed, and that the response forms and affected devices are returned promptly.

For questions or concerns regarding this notification, please call Edwards Customer Service Monday through Friday at (800) 424-3278, Option 1, from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Pacific Time.

Health care professionals and consumers may report adverse reactions or quality problems they experience using these devices to MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program either online, by regular mail or by FAX.

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