Recall of LIFEPAK 1000 Defibrillator

According to Department of Health, Therapeutic Goods Administration, this recall involved a device in Australia that was produced by Physio-Control Australia Pty Ltd.

What is this?

A correction or removal action taken by a manufacturer to address a problem with a medical device. Recalls occur when a medical device is defective, when it could be a risk to health, or when it is both defective and a risk to health.

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  • Type of Event
  • Event ID
  • Event Risk Class
    Class I
  • Event Initiated Date
  • Event Country
  • Event Source
  • Event Source URL
  • Notes / Alerts
    Australian data is current through July 2018. All of the data comes from the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration, except for the categories Manufacturer Parent Company and Product Classification.
    The Parent Company and the Product Classification were added by ICIJ.
    The parent company information is based on 2017 public records. The device classification information comes from FDA’s Product Classification by Review Panel, based on matches of recall data from the U.S. and Australia.
  • Extra notes in the data
  • Reason
    Physio-control australia has become aware of incidents where customers have attempted to use their lifepak 1000 defibrillator and the device has shut down unexpectedly due to a very low battery. a defibrillator in this scenario has the potential to fail to deliver a shock and deliver therapy.The operating instructions provided with the device may be confusing to some customers, which has contributed to customers not replacing their battery when required. specifically, there has been confusion regarding the readiness of the device when the ok symbol is present with a low battery charge symbol. additionally, a software malfunction in the lifepak 1000 defibrillator that also contributes to some customers not replacing their battery when required. this results in the readiness display indicating a low battery charge when it should indicate a very low battery charge.
  • Action
    Customers are advised that it is critically important to understand what the device and battery indicators mean on the defibrillator and what actions needs to be undertaken. At any time the battery charge can be verified by the instructions provided in the Operating Instructions. Batteries that are at both low battery charge and very low battery charge must be replaced with a fully charged battery, whether or not the OK symbol is present. Physio-Control continues to investigate this issue and will have a follow up communication with customers regarding this issue. This communication may include updates to Operating Instructions, software updates or additional maintenance instructions.



  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Source