The Food and Drug Administration issued a recall on April 9, 2013 that affects alarm cables used by patients to alert medical professionals when they need emergency assistance. The particular cables at issue, BCI Remote Alarm Cables, are manufactured by Smiths Medical and are intended for use in critical healthcare situations where patients require close monitoring. The recall states that the cables are not transmitting the intended alarm to the remote system in some instances, leading to nurses failing to respond and creating potentially life-threatening scenarios. It is uncertain how many alarm systems and healthcare facilities this will affect.
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