The Irish Medicines Board has announced the product recall of mobile patient lifts – UNO and Viking. These lifts, which are manufactured by Hill-Rom (previously known as Liko) have been withdrawn from the Irish market. The manufacturer has become aware of a problem with the lifts in that many of them on the Irish market may not yet have received an “outer tube” accessory, which prevents the actuator from collapsing in the event that it should malfunction.
Hill-Rom has received a number of reports of actuator failure. As a result, Hill-Rom initiated a field safety corrective action, fitting all affected lifts in use on the market with an outer tube accessory, to prevent the actuator from collapsing in the event that it should malfunction.
There are approximately 131 mobile patient lifts on the Irish market which have not yet received the outer tube accessory. The Irish Medicines Board has advised that users take the following steps:
- Ensure the appropriate personnel are made aware of this notice.
- Identify the location of all affected mobile patient lifts.
- Determine if you have medical devices affected by this issue.
If you have affected medical devices, you should follow the manufacturer’s recommendations as outlined in the field safety notice and ensure that corrective action is completed on all affected medical devices.
If you have suffered an injury whilst using a mobile patient lift, you may be entitled to compensation. You should contact Liam Moloney, Solicitor today on 045 898000 or simply log on to our website at www.moloneysolicitors.ie for further information concerning your right to claim compensation.