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AED recall

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Medtronic withdraws 1,924 Lifepak 500 monophasic automated external defibrillators manufactured in 1997, because a defect may prevent them from reading heart rhythm. The recall accounts for 1% of the devices in use worldwide, Medtronic says in a Feb. 25 release. Following 54 incident reports, the firm distributed recall notices Feb. 3. Medtronic estimates that the flaw would affect about 8% of patients treated with the models and asks customers to contact it for user recommendations and replacement schedules. Medtronic provide free upgrades to the defective AEDs by March 31...

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