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SentreHeart FindrWIRZ Guidewire System Recall

The attorneys at have learned that the manufacturer SentreHeart is recalling their FindrWIRZ Guidewire System.

The FindrWIRZ Guidewire System is intended for use during minimally invasive procedures in the cerebrovascular, cardiovascular and peripheral vascular systems. The system helps the positioning of over-the-wire catheters through the insertion of a thin flexible tube into arteries of the leg or wrist. This device has a hydrophilic lubricious coating, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), to reduce friction between the device and blood vessels.

The recall is due to the fact that the PTFE coating may separate (e.g., peel, flake, shed, delaminate, slough off) from the packaging and potentially cause serious injuries to patients.

Coating separation may be caused by issues with the device design or the manufacturing process. Small pieces of the coating could break away and travel elsewhere in the body, or the exposed wire beneath the coating could cause dangerous blood clots in the patient’s bloodstream and can lead to serious adverse health consequences including embolism, stroke, or death.

This covers products made between January 4, 2016 and July 22, 2016.

On September 29, 2016, SentreHeart sent an Urgent Medical Device Voluntary Recall letter to all affected customers. The letter asked customers to:

• Identify and stop using the affected products
• Return the affected products to SentreHEART immediately
• Complete and return the response form via fax 650-354-1204 or email to

Health care professionals and consumers may report adverse reactions or quality problems they experienced using these devices to MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program either online, by regular mail or by FAX to 1-800-FDA-0178.

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