FALLS CHURCH – A number of recalls of AEDs, or Automated External Defibrillators, are in progress this month. The recalls are from the manufacturers Cardiac Science and Philips Healthcare.
Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, are portable devices that analyze heart rhythms of patients with cardiac arrest. If the AED finds a problem, it automatically delivers a shock to restore normal heart rates until the patient can be seen at a hospital.
- Cardiac Science Corporation announced that some of their AEDs had the potential for devices not to deliver therapy. By May, 2010, the company will have a software update available that enhances the AED’s self-test capability to detect this issue. There are a number of models affected, including those sold under the brands Powerheart, Burdick Cardiovive, GE Responder, and CardioLife. On their website, Cardiac Science has a form where owners can look up serial numbers, as well as register for maintenance reminder emails: http://www.cardiacscience.com/services-support/service-announcements-and-upgrades/voluntary-medical-device-correction.php
- Philips Healthcare is conducting a recall of a limited number of HeartStart AEDs produced in October 2009. The voluntary recall is of specific OnSite, First Aid, HS1, and Home defibrillators (HS1) and FR2 defibrillators. Failure of a capacitor during use could prevent the AED from working properly. Like Cardiac Science, Philips has information on their website where building managers and other AED owners can look up serial numbers and find out if their model is affected. The page is at: http://www.healthcare.philips.com/us_en/products/resuscitation/aeds/actions.wpd
For those who want to look up recall information about a wide range of AEDs, the Food and Drug Administration’s CDRH, or Center for Devices and Radiological Health, has a database lookup tool at http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfRES/res.cfm
To get the best results, type in ‘spacekey’ AED ’spacekey’ to find results containing AEDs.