In February 2010, Cardiac Science Corporation notified hospitals and customers of eight different brands and models for AEDs (automated external defibrillators) stressing that during a resuscitation attempt, the heart medical devices may fail to function properly.
At that time, the medical device negligence law firm of Anapol Schwartz reported about the AED recall here. Update: Since March 2010, the recall has been expanded to include the following brands and models:
- Powerheart 9300A, 9300C, 9300D, 9300E, 9300P, 9390A, 9390E
- CardioVive 92531, 92532, 92533
- NK 9200G, 9231
- Responder 2019198 and 2023440.
These devices may fail to deliver therapy during a resuscitation attempt. Defects in certain electronic components may not be detected by the device’s Daily/Weekly/Monthly self-tests. These AED defects can cause improper functioning of the device during a rescue attempt, which may prevent resuscitation. This can lead to serious adverse health events and/or death. Does your family qualify for a defective AED medical device lawsuit?
Normally, users of these devices should always check the status indicator on the front of the external defibrillator and/or audible indicators to see whether the device is rescue-ready (green light is displayed). However, the presence of a green light on the affected devices may not reveal defective or non-working components inside the external defibrillators and give a false sense that they are in proper working order.
In addition to the failure to deliver needed shocks, other problems with these recalled AEDs may include:
- Interruption of electrocardiography (ECG) analysis that prevents shock delivery;
- Failure to recognize pad (electrode) placement during use; or
- Interference or background noise that makes the device unable to accurately analyze the heart rhythm and deliver a shock, even if an ECG analysis is successfully conducted.
Was a life lost instead of saved from a defective AED? Find out if your family qualifies for a defective AED medical device lawsuit?