Cardiac defibrillators can be faulty at times and such is the case with Cardiac Science’s automated external defibrillator. The manufacturer of the medical device has discovered a flaw in the design of the defibrillator which can lead to the inability to resuscitate an individual in need. Over 12,000 of the defibrillators have been recalled due to the defect in design. People using the defibrillator may feel protected from harm because they are using the medical device, but this is a false impression in light of the defect. The defective models include:
- Powerheart 9300A, 9300E, 9300P, 9390A, 9390E
- CardioVive 92532
- CardioLife 9200G and 9231
Defibrillators have been popular since the year 2000 following the New England Journal of Medicine report citing that defibrillators prevent death in close to 50% of all users, 10 times the survival rate of cardiac arrest victims that do not receive hospital assistance. There were approximately 20,000 users at this time. By 2005, it was estimated that 200,000 people in the U.S. use defibrillators to analyze heart rhythm, detect heart rhythm irregularity and restore natural heart rhymes.
Cardiac defibrillator defects have also been reported over the years. The defects of some of the defibrillators resulted in death when the medical device failed to perform. Other defibrillators that have been recalled in the past year, include:
- Welch Allyn Defibrillators
- Philips Codemaster Defibrillators
- Headstart AED’s
- Zol AED’s
- Power Hart AED’s
- Cardio Vive Defibrillator
- Heartsine AED’s
- MRL AED20
Powerheart, CardioVive and CardioLife users with the affected models can visit http://www.cardiacscience.com/AED195 for more information.
If you or a loved on has been seriously injured because of a defective defibrillator, contact Burton Padove for a free consultation at 219-836-2200 or 877-446-5294 for nationwide callers.