AED Recall – Philips Heartstart

Philips Heartstart DefibrillatorAutomated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are life-saving devices used to deliver a shock to the heart, after a patient suffers a cardiac arrest.  It has been shown that time is of the essence when a patient has suffered a cardiac arrest, and placing AEDs in common locations decreases the waiting time until the life-saving device can be used. They are increasingly being found in public venues such as airports, shopping malls, and hockey rinks.  In addition, it is also more common to find AEDs in a dental office setting, as part of the Emergency Kit.

Recently Philips, a major maunfacturer of AEDs, announced a recall of their HeartStart HS1 Home, HeartStart HS1 Onsite, and Heartstart FRx models manufactured between 2005 and 2012.  There was a concern that the AED unit may not deliver a shock in the event of an emergency.

The Philips AEDs are designed to produce a “triple-chirp” sound in the event that its self-diagnostics reveal that it may not deliver a shock.  If your Philips Heartstart AED has or begins to produce a triple-chirp, Philips Healthcare should be contacted immediately at 1-800-263-3342, then pressing 5 for technical support.

Please find more information via this FDA Bulletin:

http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm376938.htm