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PRODUCT RECALL: OCTOBER 2016

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a warning on faults affecting certain models of defibrillators,

The Agency is advising individuals and organisations to check if they have the defibrillator models, LIFEPAK CR Plus and LIFEPAK EXPRESS Automatic External Defibrillators (AED), because an electrical fault with some of them may not deliver an electric shock to the heart to someone who is in cardiac arrest.

The manufacturer of the affected devices, Physio-Control, has sent a safety alert to people with affected defibrillators, with instructions for action.

If people have these defibrillators and not received the manufacturer’s safety alert, they should locate the serial number on the label on the back of the device and call the manufacturer’s customer support or visit the Physio-Control website to see if the device is affected.

Further information is available from Physio-Control on tel: 0808 258 0094 or through the Physio-Control website.

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In October 2015 HeartSafe was officially launched as a partnership initiative in the Horsham District, which aims to improve cardiac arrest survival rates through making improvements across a number of key areas, including:

  • Raising awareness of the importance of good heart health,

  • Fundraising to establish more defibrillators across the district, and

  • Encouraging more community awareness and training in how to use this life-saving equipment.

Within the Horsham District, each year there are approximately 130 cardiac arrests (or two each week) when the heart stops beating or it goes into an irregular spasm, both of which are life threatening. It is a fact that if you suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital in the UK, you have less than a one in ten chance of surviving.

The HeartSafe programme recognises the importance of having a defibrillator close at hand in the community or accessible within a few minutes, as this can significantly improve an individual’s chances of surviving a cardiac arrest.

Public access defibrillators (PADs) are often found in places like local shopping parades, gyms, train stations, village halls or in disused telephone kiosks. The briefcase-sized box on the wall contains the defibrillator which is there for anyone to use on another individual in cardiac arrest and is quick and easy to use.

 

Members of the HeartSafe steering group have undertaken a mapping exercise to establish the location of the known defibrillators across the district, both those which are publicly accessible and also others which may be held in a community setting. The map of these locations can be found using the following link: your nearest PAD site.