AED Could Fail When Needed

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After determining their automated external defibrillators (AEDs) could fail during resuscitation, Cardiac Science Corporation executed a worldwide recall of about 12,200 affected devices. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has been informed of the situation, said the company.

Cardiac Science said it discovered the problem through its internal quality systems and so far, has had no complaints. The affected AEDs were manufactured or serviced between October 19, 2009 and January 15, 2010 and include the following models:

*Powerheart  9300A, 9300P, 9390A, 9390E, *CardioVive  92532, *CardioLife  9200G and 923.

Customers who bought any of these AED models since October 19, 2009 can visit http://www.cardiacscience.com/AED195 to ascertain if they have a recalled AED. Each affected item should immediately be removed from service since it could malfunction. Cardiac Science will also contact customers by letter and will provide them with free replacement AEDs as soon as they are available, probably around February 15.

For additional information contact Cardiac Science by telephone toll-free in the United States at 1.888.402.2484 or direct, internationally at +44.161.926.0011 or by email at aed195@cardiacscience.com.