Manufacturer Recalls Defibrillators

Defibtech, LLC, the makers of the DDU-100 series Semi-Automatic External Defibrillator, has recently initiated a worldwide voluntary recall of the product. The defibrillator, sold under the names Lifeline AED and ReviveR AED, may fail to charge properly and then fail to do the intended job, which may, then, result in failure to resuscitate the patient. This action is a Class I recall, as defined by the FDA and the condition is not detectable by the periodic self test.

Reports say in a very few occasions the AED may cancel charge in preparation for a shock, sometimes due to high humidity conditions. Reports also say the recall affects only DDU-100 Series AEDs shipped with 2.004 software. Defibtech said it will provide customers with a free software upgrade to address these issues. The correction to the AED will be able to be performed at the location in which the AED is used.

The AEDs affected by this recall have been distributed globally to fire departments, EMS, health clubs, schools, and other organizations.

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