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AED recall

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Access CardioSystems is voluntarily recalling its AccessAED and AccessALS automated external defibrillators due to two defects: potential failure of the shock delivery system and a tendency for the devices to unexpectedly turn on, the firm states. Neither malfunction has caused patient death, the company stresses. Effective Nov. 3, the firm decided to discontinue manufacturing and marketing AEDs...

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