The St. Jude Riata and Riata ST defibrillation leads connect an implantable, cardioverter defibrillator (lCD) or other therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) to cardiac tissue to monitor and regulate heart rate by providing high voltage therapy for the correction of ventricular arrhythmias.
The recalling firm, St. Jude Medical Cardiac Rhythm Management Division, located in Sylmar, California, instituted the recall due to failures associated with lead "insulation" of the St. Jude Medical Riata and Riata ST Silicone Endocardial Defibrillation Leads. The perceived, product defect may cause the wires to become externalized. If this condition occurs, the medical device may cause serious adverse health consequences, including death.
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On November 28, 2011, St. Jude Medical sent a Medical Device Advisory letter to physicians via certified mail. The letter updated St. Jude Medical's "Important Product Information letter" of December 15, 2010. The silicone insulation covering these models of Riata and Riata ST defibrillation leads is at risk of premature abrasion. When this occurs, the conductors inside the leads lose insulation, this may cause electrical dysfunction and may result in serious adverse events, including death.
Class 1 recalls, such as the recall for the Riata and Riata ST leads, are the most serious type of medical device recall and involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.
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