FDA notified healthcare professionals of a Class I recall of Hettich Centrifuges with 2050 and 2076 plastic rotors, used in combination with the Mikro 12-24, Mikro 20, Haematokrit 20 and Haematokrit 24 bench top plastic centrifuges. The recall was initiated because the plastic centrifuge rotor may crack, break apart and be forcefully ejected through the plastic centrifuge housing at a high rate of speed. This may result in serious personal injury and damage to the surrounding area.
The device separates the red blood cells from plasma to determine the patient’s hematocrit. These recalled devices were distributed from January, 1999 through November, 2009. Hospitals, clinics and laboratories who have the listed centrifuge/rotor combination should immediately stop using the plastic rotors and contact Hettich to have these affected rotors replaced with metal rotors. The centrifuges can be identified by reading the model number on the front of the instrument or the name tag on the rear of the centrifuge; the rotors have the model numbers 2076 or 2050 stamped on them.