Defibtech announced it is preparing a software correction for the DDU-1000 Series AEDs with software version 2.004 and older. All in all, these are the AEDs that have been manufactured before mid 2009. The DDU-100 Series AED have been sold in the Netherlands and Belgium as the Defibtech Lifeline AED 9semi-automatic.
Why a software correction?
In some cases it has occurred that the Defibtech Lifeline AED has cancelled a shock. This occurred at the moment that the AED was preparing to load for the defibrillationshock (loading of the condensator). When the AED cancles the shock during use, Defibtech advises to shut off the device (service code 1005). If there is no other AED available the same AED should be turned on and the protocol ought to be continued. From all compiled data, the chance of a Defibtech Lifeline AED that will need a software update, cancelling a shock is lower than 1 in 400.000.
How will the AED be upgraded?
The involved AED units will be provided with a new software through the use of SD cards. This update can be executed easily on location. Awaiting the finalisation of the update, Defibtech advises the end users to keep the current AEDs in service. Owners / caretakers of the involved AEDs will be contacted shortly before the software update will take place.
Latest CPR guidelines ERC and the metronome functionality.
By upgrading the Defibtech Lifeline AED with the new software, the AED will also be adapted in accordance with the latest CPR guidelines of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and will also include a metronome functionality. The metronome signals the rhythm for the CPR by means of a tone.