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Safety Alerts

HRS works closely with our industry partners, domestic and global professional societies, and federal regulatory agencies to communicate safety concerns with HRS members. 

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Medtronic Safety Communication Regarding a Subset of ICDs and CRT-Ds

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

February 8, 2021 - Medtronic has issued a follow-up to its Product Performance Note relating to battery performance for a subset of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) and Cardiac Resynchronization Defibrillators (CRT-Ds). HRS is working together with Medtronic and the Food and Drug Administration on this communication to ensure our members have the latest information.

Safety Advisories Regarding Boston Scientific Emblem S-ICD

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

December 4, 2020 - On December 3, Boston Scientific announced three advisories related to its Emblem S-ICD. They address the potentials for battery depletion, device damage due to electrical shorting, and lead fracture.

Longevity Estimator Software Error for Subset of Medtronic CIEDs

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

October 8, 2019 - On October 3, 2019, Medtronic began notifying healthcare professionals that a subset of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (including CRT and Micra TPS devices) manufactured between October 2018 and April 2019 may display an inaccurately short estimate of battery longevity. 

Potential Premature Battery Depletion of Certain Medtronic Implantable Pacemakers and CRT-Ps (Azure, Astra, Percepta, Serena and Solara models)

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

May 7, 2019 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety communication to inform patients and health care professionals about the potential for the batteries of certain Medtronic implantable pacemakers to drain more quickly than expected and without warning to patients.

Subset of Medtronic Pacemakers - Potential Circuit Error

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January 22, 2019 - On January 17, 2019, Medtronic issued an urgent voluntary recall and distribution suspension affecting a subset of dual-chamber pacemakers distributed worldwide between March 10, 2017 and January 7, 2019, including the brand names:AdaptaTM, VersaTM, and SensiaTM (USA); ReliaTM, AttestaTM, SpheraTM, and VitatronTM A/E/G/Q series (outside of USA).

Software Update for LifeVest 4000 Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

January 15, 2019 (Update) - The FDA approved a new software for the  ZOLL LifeVest 4000 for patient alerts when a “Call for service – Message Code 102” is displayed. The potential hazard of the device failing to deliver treatment to a patient if the device is not replaced soon after displaying a “Call for service – Message Code 102” was previously described in the January 17, 2018 FDA Safety Communication and an update on July 25, 2018.

FDA Safety Communication- ZOLL LiveVest 4000

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

January 15, 2019 - The FDA approved a new software for the  ZOLL LifeVest 4000 for patient alerts when a “Call for service – Message Code 102” is displayed. The potential hazard of the device failing to deliver treatment to a patient if the device is not replaced soon after displaying a “Call for service – Message Code 102” was previously described in the January 17, 2018 FDA Safety Communication and an update on July 25, 2018.

Safety Advisory: Boston Scientific first generation S-ICD system SQ-RX™ Model 1010 Pulse Generators (PG)

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November 5, 2018 - Boston Scientific released a product advisory related to accelerated battery depletion and a shortened replacement interval observed in some of the first generation Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (S-ICD) system SQ-RX™ Model 1010 Pulse Generators (PG) (acquired from Cameron Health Incorporated).  There have been no reports of related injury. This safety risk is not applicable to the EMBLEM™ MRI or EMBLEM S-ICD.