Defective Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Defective Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator

In new reports, Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator Lead wires have been found defective and susceptible to frequent fractures. Thousands of people have had these defective defibrillators implanted leaving them at risk for serous injury if a Sprint Fidelis Lead fractures. Medtronic suspended sales of units with the defective leads and recalled all unused Sprint Fidelis Leads on October 15, 2007 after receiving reports of at least 5 fatalities linked to lead fractures. The Sprint Fidelis Lead is a wire that is used to attach a Medtronic implantable defibrillator to the heart. This defect can cause the defibrillators to deliver a massive and painful electrical shock, or it can cause the device to fail to administer a lifesaving shock when necessary.

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