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Philips recalls 5,400 HeartStart defibrillators

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Philips has recalled 5,400 of its HeartStart FR2+ automated external defibrillators (AEDs) due to a memory chip failure which could render the device inoperable. The devices were manufactured between May 2007 and January 2008, and are distributed by Philips and Laerdal Medical, a UK-based device distributor. The devices are used to treat cardiac arrest with high-current/low energy therapy. Philips said a “small number” of the devices were faulty, and there have been no reports of injuries related to the malfunction.

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