Safety alert for Philips HeartStart Intrepid defibrillators
Philips has issued a field safety notice for certain HeartStart Intrepid defibrillators after a problem was identified during internal testing of the product.
Posted on 28 November 2022
The manufacturer has asked all users of the Philips HeartStart Intrepid Monitor/Defibrillator with affected model numbers to remove the product from use immediately.
Philips says it will contact customers to collect the devices and arrange delivery of replacements.
If the device PCA high voltage cable becomes damaged, its defibrillation, pacing and ECG monitoring features may fail. If the damaged cable leaks, people using the device, or even bystanders, could suffer an electric shock, say the manufacturers.
Anyone concerned about their HeartStart defibrillator should consult the list of model numbers contained in this document.
Leigh Day product safety partner Michelle Victor said:
“This safety alert is extremely concerning. We hope that the replacement defibrillators are rolled out as a matter of urgency. Anyone who has suffered an injury as a result of a damaged defibrillator might want to consider taking legal advice.”