​Dentists alerted to potentially serious problems with LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillators

19 May 2017

Dentists have been alerted to possible problems relating to the readiness of LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillators.

The company - Physio-Control - has received 34 reports of incidents where customers have attempted to use defibrillator and the device has shut down unexpectedly during patient treatment.

This shut down is due to an intermittent connection between the battery and the device, potentially not allowing the defibrillator to deliver the required therapy during a resuscitation attempt.

This may expose patients to the risk of serious harm or death and the company is aware of eight related adverse events.

They have established that failure occurs when the battery has been installed for an extended time without being removed and advise that, if the device powers off unexpectedly, users should immediately remove and reinstall the existing battery to restore power.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have issued an alert relating to this issue and further advice and contact details are available there.