Physio-Control warns of AED battery issue that may lead to adverse events

Physio-Control announced on Jan. 13 that users of the company’s LIFEPAK 1000 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) should immediately remove and reinstall the battery from their devices.

The company said it had received 34 reports in which the AED shut down due to an intermittent connection between the battery and device electrical contacts. The issue has led to eight adverse events, according to Physio-Control.

Physio-Control said the issue occurs when LIFEPAK 100’s are exposed to vibration and have their battery installed for a long period of time.

The notice mentioned that customers should remove and reinstall the battery on their devices on a weekly basis, which will reduce the likelihood of the issue occurring.

The company said it planned on initiating a hardware device correction for all of the affected devices and that it would contact customers to schedule device corrections when it is ready.