October 3, 2009

Philips recalls automated defibrillators

Philips says it is recalling some automated-external defibrillators due to a possible malfunction that could keep them from analyzing heart rhythms properly.

The HeartStart FR2+ models being recalled are M3860A and M3861A, distributed by Philips, and M3840A and M3841A, distributed by Laerdal Medical, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

The 5,400 units were manufactured between May 2007 and January 2008.

Philips received no reports of injury. The defibrillators are used by paramedics in cases of cardiac arrest. They analyze heart rhythm and determine if a shock is needed.

Philips Healthcare of Andover, Mass., received reports of a memory chip failure in a few of the units. None of the failures were reported during emergency use; all were during routine tests.

Philips is contacting customers worldwide who received these units for return and replacement.