2,577 Lifesaving Defibrillators May Be Faulty


LIFEPAK CR Plus and LIFEPAK EXPRESS Automatic External Defibrillators (AED)

The Government has announced that some Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) may be faulty and may not work properly when required in an emergency.

The devices may be in places such as schools, community facilities, train stations, public buildings or in private businesses

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a Medical Device Alert and have said “People and organisations should check if they have the defibrillator models, LIFEPAK CR Plus and LIFEPAK EXPRESS Automatic External Defibrillators (AED), because an electrical fault with some of them may not deliver an electric shock to the heart to someone who is in cardiac arrest. Approximately 2,577 devices are defective.

The manufacturer Physio-Control has sent out product alerts to known customers, but Defibrillator owners/users are urged to check what type they have to see whether they may be affected.

The fault is due to an internal component (reed switch) that can intermittently become stuck in the closed position. This could fail to deliver a shock to a patient in cardiac arrest.

Gary Hepburn, Managing Director of first aid and medical training company Sirius Business Services Ltd, said “Defibrillators play a vital life saving role in the event of a patient suffering a cardiac arrest, and the chances of survival are significantly increased if somebody starts Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and attaches a defibrillator within 2 minutes. Each year around 60,000 people in the UK have a cardiac arrest out of hospital and this includes around 12 young people a week. It is crucial that we all work to increase the number of defibrillators available in our communities so that they can be more readily available when required. It is however very important that we make sure those that are already in our schools, community centre, gym’s , railway stations, shopping centres and businesses are in good order and will work properly when required. We would therefore urge anyone with a Lifepack Defibrillator to check it in accordance with the government advice. Those using other makes of Defibrillators should also ensure that they regularly check that they have properly completed their self checks and will function correctly if required and that their pads and batteries are in date and good order.

Weymouth based Sirius Business Services Ltd operates across the South of the UK and provides Medical, First Aid, Fire Safety & Health & Safety Training and Consultancy to a range of clients including GP and Dental Practices, Care Homes, Schools, Charities, Hotels, Public Attractions, Factories and a whole range of other businesses and organisations.

Information on how to check Lifepak CR Plus or Lifepack express Defibrillator is included on the government announcement at


More information is available on the manufacturer’s website. Physio-Control’s customer support details are: 0808 258 0094 from 9:00 – 17:00, Monday – Friday.

More Information

Sirius Business Services Ltd
Tel. 0800 999 3998 or 01305 769969
Email. info@siriusbusinessservices.co.uk


About Gary Hepburn

Gary Hepburn is Managing Director of Sirius Business Services Ltd who are approved suppliers of the Practice Index and offer, Basic Life Support, AED and Anaphylaxis, Fire Safety and Health & Safety consultancy and training to GP Practices, Dental Practices and Private Hospitals. Visit their page on The Practice Index. Gary is happy to discuss any issues, or concerns Practice Managers may have with existing providers, or to give advice on how the standard of training can be checked, email him at gary@SiriusBusinessServices.co.uk or Telephone 01305 769969