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Cardiac Science warns customers about faulty AEDs

This article was originally published in Clinica

Executive Summary

Cardiology technology specialist Cardiac Science has initiated a worldwide voluntary field corrective action for certain models of its Powerheart and CardioVive automated external defibrillators (AEDs), manufactured between August 2006 and March 2007. The Bothell, Washington-based company has received two complaints about a defect in the devices' software which causes it to go into ‘service required’ mode while attempting to provide defibrillation, thereby rendering it inoperable. Cardiac said that it is providing user-installable software update to affected customers and distributors. The firm expects this action to lead it to incur a pre-tax charge of $0.8-1m in the third quarter of 2008.

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