Check on your AED to ensure safety during Philips recall

By Brian Bell March 19, 2014


Check on your AED to ensure safety during Philips recall

Check on your AED to ensure safety during Philips recall

There are many safety aspects that pool management services have to consider, and it can be difficult to keep track of developments regarding equipment. It’s especially important to be aware of recalls, since the fixtures present a potential hazard to swimmer safety.

Aquatics International recently published an article about a recall on some models of Philips automated external defibrillators. The organization stated that 88 percent of consumers had been informed of the recall, but that manufacturers were having trouble locating other owners of the devices. Roughly half of the owners of the devices are in the U.S.

This may be especially difficult for aquatic facilities, since not all pools are required to have AEDs on-site. Furthermore, devices can be refurbished and resold, further complicating the process for manufacturers.

Know the models affected
Models that have been recalled go as far back as 2005, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which issued a report on the matter. There are three models that have been listed.

  • Philips HeartStart FRx AED: According to the FDA, these models are likely in the possession of first responders, including fire departments and emergency medical services.
  • Philips HeartStart HS1 Home AED: This model was available to the public and can be found in residential homes.
  • Philips HeartStart HS1 OnSite AED: These AEDs were given the green light to be used in public locations, including schools, airports and community centers.

Recognize the risks
According to Aquatics International, the voluntary recall was issued due to a concern regarding the internal electrical component, which could lead to failure when administering shocks. This feature is critical when responding to individuals who experience cardiac arrest.

Act accordingly
If your site has an AED, now is a good time to check the device to ensure that it’s functioning properly, stated Mike Fijas, who sits on the chair of the World Waterpark Association’s Safety Committee.

“While this recall is unfortunate, even if you don’t have that brand, it’s a good time to test the AEDs you do have, to see that they’re up to date and working,” said Fijas, quoted by Aquatics International.

Keep up with news
Peak season will soon return. With only a few months left in the off-season, property managers should speak to their local pool company about any other safety recalls that may affect their sites. Taking care of these essential areas now will ensure that the pool is safe and ready for swimmers when summer arrives.