Ohio Medical Device Defect Lawyer and Product Liability Attorney reviews defective defibrillators and device recalls for plaintiffs nationwide
Stryker voluntarily recalled over 13,000 units of their LIFEPAK 15 Monitor/Defibrillators, noting that a technical issue may cause the medical device to lock up after a defibrillation shock is delivered. The defibrillator lock-up condition may lead the device to show a blank monitor display. The company has described the defect by saying the LED lights remain on, indicating the device is powered, but there is no response from the keypad or device functions. LIFEPAK defective defibrillators in this condition have the potential to delay therapy delivery of therapy, and may lead to serious injury or death.
Stryker is contacting customers and hospitals with affected devices to attempt to fix the problem. The company says it plans to update the firmware for a component on the System Printed Circuit Board Assembly. Device design defects and manufacturing defects can lead to life support malfunction and directly lead to patient death.
Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio product liability lawyer and medical device defect attorney investigating injuries associated with defective defibrillators for plaintiffs nationwide.
Stryker’s defibrillator recall is not the first instance of medical device companies recalling defective machinery. Last year, Medtronic also recalled units of their Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillators for similar defects that prevented the devices from delivering a shock.
Cardiac Science Corp. recalled defective defibrillators that failed to properly deliver a shock. The affected units may experience interruption of electrocardiography (ECG) analysis, failure to recognize electrode pads, and interference or background noise that makes the device unable to accurately analyze heart rhythm. Another FDA recall included the St. Jude Medical Riata and Riata ST Silicone Endocardial Defibrillation Leads.
Many patients have suffered preventable complications from defective defibrillators. The Food and Drug Administration has warned that thousands of existing external defibrillators can malfunction when used to assist sudden cardiac arrest patients.
Since Stryker’s LIFEPAK 15 was launched in 2009, the company has become aware of 58 complaints, including six events where the patient died following a delay in therapy. For those who suffer from life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias and cardiac arrest, defibrillation can save their lives. But device defects on the market can lead to death, and potential legal action.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defibrillator defect, please contact the Lyon Firm at 800.513.2403 to learn about your legal options. Mr. Lyon can answer critical questions regarding product liability lawsuits involving defective defibrillators.