Phillips Healthcare Recalls HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator

March 24, 2017

Phillips has issued a recall on the HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator, because of electrical and battery connection issues that may prevent the device from powering up, charging and delivering an electrical shock. The device may also unexpectedly stop pacing.

The device is used to pace individuals with a slow heartbeat, or to deliver lifesaving electrical shocks to people with sudden cardiac arrest.

Electrodes are attached to the patient and then connected to the device to help it analyze a patient’s heart rhythm.

The electrodes deliver an electrical shock to restore a normal heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest, or to pace the heart at a normal rate when it slows down.

The device is intended for use by medical professionals trained in CPR. These devices were manufactured between Feb. 11, 2004 and Nov. 4, 2016. — Cynthia Jessup

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