Philips Warns of HeartStart Monitor/Defibrillator Failures

March 27, 2020

Philips has issued an urgent medical device correction for certain HeartStart MRx monitor/defibrillator devices, warning that some devices may lose their ability to deliver therapy if dropped or subjected to shocks.

Despite showing no signs of damage, a number of the devices suffered internal damage after being dropped or subjected to mechanical shocks, making them unusable for therapy.

If a device may be needed for therapeutic use before its next automatic self-test or manual operational check, Philips said users should perform a manual check if the device is dropped, subjected to mechanical shock or mishandled.

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