An Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, is a portable electronic device used to automatically diagnose cardiac arrhythmias and treat the potentially life threatening problem through defibrillation, electrical shock therapy that reestablishes the correct heart beat. AEDs were designed to be used by the common individual with prior knowledge. The use of an AED is often taught in many first aid, first responder and basic life support (BLS) level CPR classes.
On Feb. 3, 2010, Cardiac Science voluntarily recalled approximately 12,200 automated external defibrillators manufactured or serviced between October 19, 2009 and January 15, 2010 after determining that some of the AEDs may not be able to deliver therapy during a resuscitation attempt, which may lead to serious adverse events or death.
The recall includes the following AEDs: Powerheart 9300A, 9300E, 9300P, 9390A, 9390E, Cardiovive 92532, and the CardioLife 9200G and 9231. Affected models should be removed immediately from service.
Cardiac Science Recalls 12,200 Automated External Defibrillators
Cardiac Science voluntarily recalled approximately 12,200 automatic external defibrillators (AED) after it was discovered the devices may not be able to deliver the appropriate therapy during a resuscitation attempt, which may lead to serious adverse events or death.
According to a statement released by the company, the “AEDs were manufactured in a way that makes them potentially susceptible to failure under certain conditions.” The company became aware of the problem through its internal quality systems rather than through consumer complaints.
The models affected by the recall were manufactured or serviced between October 19, 2009 and January 15, 2010.
The following models are affected by the recall:
Consumers can use the lookup table provided by Cardiac Science to determine if they have an affected AED. According to Cardiac Science, each affected AED should immediately be removed from service since it may not deliver the expected therapy. Other AEDs not affected by this action should remain in service.
The company has agreed to replace all affected devices free of charge, as soon as replacement AEDs are available. Consumers should anticipate being contacted by Cardiac Science. Replacement AEDs are expected to ship around Feb. 15, 2010.
If you or a loved one was affected by a defective Cardiac Science AED, you may be eligible to receive monetary compensation. Contact a Cardiac Science Recall Lawyer today for a free consultation.