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Faulty defibrillator warning issued

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A safety warning has been issued about potential faults in a type of defibrillator often found in shopping centres, railways, dental surgeries and other public places.

There are two potential faults with around 1,400 defibrillators made by HeartSine Technologies Ltd that could deplete batteries and result in the device not working in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said.

Some “samaritan” PAD 300/300P defibrillators are faulty because they may either turn on or off when not in use, which could drain the battery power.

In addition, defibrillators with early versions of the battery management software may misinterpret a low battery voltage which could turn the defibrillator off.

The manufacturer, HeartSine, has issued a global correction notice for samaritan PAD 300/300P defibrillators distributed from August 2004 to December 2010.

Serial numbers for devices affected by these issues are:

  • 0400000501-0700032917
  • 08A00035000-10A00070753
  • 10C00200000-10C00210318

No other HeartSine samaritan PAD 300/300P defibrillators are affected.

The company is issuing affected customers with a reserve battery so that emergency care can be given to patients in the event of a low battery.

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