Field Safety Notices about Liko® Viking® L, Viking® M, Viking® XL, and Viking® 300 Mobile Lifts

According to Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices of the Republic of Slovenia (via FOI), this field safety notices involved a device in Slovenia that was produced by HILL ROM MODS.

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Field safety notices are communications sent out by medical device manufacturers or their representatives in relation to actions that they may be taking in relation to their product that is on the market. These are mainly for health workers, but also for users. They can include recalls and alerts.

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  • Type of Event
    Field Safety Notice
  • Event Country
  • Event Source
  • Notes / Alerts
    Data from Slovenia is current through February 2019. All of the data comes from the Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices of the Republic of Slovenia (via FOI), 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 Slovenia.
  • Extra notes in the data
  • Reason
    Hill-rom has received 9 complaints where it is alleged that the lift arm drifted down suddenly on certain viking® mobile lifts. this issue is preceded by users who lift the lift arm assembly manually, as shown in the illustration to the right. the lift arm assembly is intended to only be lifted by the actuator (lift motor). if the lift arm assembly is manually lifted, the actuator can become damaged and get stuck in the highest position. when the actuator is stuck, the lift cannot be raised/lowered by the lift motor. if a patient is lifted into the sling while the actuator is stuck, there is a potential risk of a free fall of the patient. this hazard could cause minor or potentially catastrophic injuries to a patient if the free fall encompasses the entire stroke of the actuator. .