Abbott: Battery Performance Alert for ICDs

Abbott has released a new Battery Performance Alert (BPA) , that provides an earlier notification of abnormal battery performance that may lead to premature battery depletion due to short circuits from lithium clusters for devices manufactured between January 2010 and May 2015 .

The software patch is available on the St. Jude Programmer and on Merlin.net. The patch analyzes certain characteristics of the battery performance on a rolling 32 day window to identify early warning signs of abnormal batter performance for affected devices. If detection criteria are met, the physician will receive a notification. In the absence of a trigger of a BPA, Abbott recommends continued adherence to the October 2016 patient management recommendations for premature battery depletion.  

If you have any questions about these two updates, please contact your Abbott representative or the Abbott’s customer technical support hotline at 1‐800‐722‐3774 (U.S.)