WASHINGTON, DC – A news report posted on medtechdive.com states that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has classified the recent Hillrom’s overhead patient lift recall as a Class I recall after the device caused two patient deaths. So far, there have been about 34 complaints filed against the patient lift product, including 22 serious injury reports.
The Liko Multirall 200 Overhead patient lift is part of a motorized system patient transport system that moves patients in a seated position from room to room in healthcare facilities, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and hospitals. Hillrom, a Chicago-based company, issued a safety notice in December warning that their patient lift might detach from the ceiling rail system because of an unattached strap lock resulting in the lift’s motor or the patient to fall.
The FDA stated that customer incident reports showed that the lift’s Q-link strap lock failed to attach properly to the lift’s S65 carriage hook. Hillrom stated that it would be replacing the defective Q-link straps on the Multi-rail lifts with new Q-link 2 straps in its recall and safety notices to distributors and healthcare providers. The new straps will prevent fall risks to patients and caregivers.
The affected products include:
- Liko Multirall 200 (product number 3130001)
- Universal SlingBar 450 R2R (product number 3156095)
- Universal SlingBar 350 R2R (product number 3156094)
- Carriage D45 with Double Hook (product number 3136100)
- Extension belt 300-400 mm (product number 3136226)
- Extension belt 400-600 mm (product number 3136227)
- Extension belt 600-1000 mm (product number 3136228)
- Extension belt 1000-1400mm (product number 3136229)
Hillrom stated there were about 10,470 units sold in the United States. These devices were built between December 2000 and October 2020 and then distributed nationally in the same period.
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