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9Mar 2015

Medical Device Alert – Defibrillation Electrodes for Children

A problem has been identified by the manufacturers of defibrillation electrodes for children which are supplied under various brand names and product codes.

Manufacturer Leonhard Lang is recalling specified lots of defibrillation electrodes for children. Electrodes older than 2 years may malfunction and this could delay urgent treatment. Leonhard Lang has decided to recall all product older than 18 months. These electrodes are compatible with a range of automated external defibrillators (AED) used in the UK.

For further information, please visit the Medical Safety Alert on the GOV.UK website. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.


26Jun 2014

Potential fault with HeartStart MRx Defibrillators

A problem has been identified by the manufacturers of the HeartStart MRx being a risk of delay in delivering CPR.

When the HeartStart MRx is used with the Q-CPR meter in defibrillation mode, the meter
may incorrectly display the ‘Do Not Touch the Patient’ icon. Consequently, the user might not resume chest compressions in a timely manner, which could affect patient outcome.

This problem can occur in AED or manual modes.

If you have any HeartStart MRx Defibrillators within your workplace, you are recommended to identify any affected devices in your possession.

4May 2014

Potentially Faulty Defibrillators – Safety Notice

First aiders in shopping centres, railway stations, dental surgeries and other public places are asked to identify if they have a specific defibrillator that could potentially give incorrect advice to anyone using it to give CPR to someone having heart problems.

The defibrillator – called the Samaritan® PAD 500P defibrillator made by Heartsine Technologies Ltd – has a software fault that may incorrectly advise the user to ‘push slower’ during CPR when, in fact, the CPR rate is at an acceptable level.