The Defibtech Lifeline and ReviveR Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) were recalled after evidence surfaced of a potential software glitch surfaced. This defect may, in fact, cancel the shock that the AEDs are constructed to provide.
AEDs are commonly used by EMTs to resuscitate victims who have experienced sudden cardiac arrest and are unconscious, unresponsive and not breathing.
EMTs and Risk Managers should be aware that the specific AEDs included in the recall are:
-Model DDU-100 series with software version 2.004 or earlier, sold under the brand names Lifeline and ReviveR.
-AEDs using software version 2.004 or earlier may cause the device to cancel shock during the charging process.
FDA advises, “Defibtech will provide customers with a free software upgrade. Because the conditions that may lead to a canceled shock occur rarely, it is recommended that customers keep their AEDs in service during the software upgrade process. Full instructions and recommendations are being mailed to affected customers. Defibtech is responsible for contacting all end users unless a distributor has agreed to contact their accounts directly regarding this field correction”