February 24, 2012 — Nemschoff Chairs, Inc., the company that manufactures a popular type of pediatric bassinet, has announced that it is issuing a Class 1 recall of the bassinets. There are several defects in the products that place babies and their caregivers at immediate risk of serious injury or death. Defects with the bassinets could cause broken bones, head injuries, neck injuries, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), soft tissue injuries (such as cuts, scrapes, and, bruises), and more.
The Nemschoff Perinatal Pediatric Hospital Bed (Bassinet) is a wheeled cart with shelving and drawers. On top of the cart, there is an acrylic bassinet tub with a mattress where the infant rests. Within the frame of the cart, there are also drawers, shelves, and cabinetry. The cart also has four caster wheels, so the cart can be used to move the newborn around in the hospital.
Nemschiff sent its customers an “Important Medical Correction” letter, warning caregivers of several problems with the bassinets:
- Wheels (casters): There are design problems with the wheels that can make it hard to maneuver the cart. Sudden shaking of the cart, running the cart into obstacles, or other cart problems could contribute to infant injury.
- Hinges on doors on the frame of the cart (on models BSNT/01 and BSNT/02): The hinges are defective. When the cart is in motion, they may allow doors to open, causing injury to caregivers.
- Hinges on sliding drawers in the cart’s frame (on models BSNT/01 and BSNT/02): Hinges are defective. When the cart is in motion, they may allow the drawers to slide open, causing injury to the caregiver.
- Acrylic bassinet tub: This tub on top of the cart lacks proper cleaning instructions. The tubs are also made of plastic that can crack or craze.
The Class 1 recall affects four models of pediatric bassinets:
- BSNT/01: Manufactured between 11/2003 – 02/2008
- BSNT/02: Manufactured between 11/2003 – 02/2008
- BSNT/03: Manufactured between 11/21/03 – present
- BSNT/04: Manufactured between 11/21/03 – present
Nemschoff Chairs, Inc., has asked organizations that purchased the bassinets to check their inventory for the defective products, notify the company, and stop using the product until the company can repair the units. The company is resolving the problem at its own expense. Their decision to issue a Class 1 recall, the highest level of recalls, is because there is a possibility that the bassinet can cause severe injuries or death of an infant. Caregivers could also be injured.
Injuries that could be caused by a defective pediatric bassinet may include, but are not limited to:
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Bone fractures
- Soft tissue injuries
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