The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Product Safety Australia has announced a recall of Laerdal Compact Suction Unit (LCSU) 4 supplied by Laerdal Pty Ltd. Dates of sale: 1 January 2019 – 30 September 2020.
The LCSU 4 is a portable, electrically powered, medical suction device intended for field and transport use. It is intended for intermittent operation to remove secretions, blood or vomit from a patient’s airway to allow ventilation.
The defects is the pump of the affected units may malfunction resulting in low suction levels or failure to provide suction.
The Regulator said in a statement released that “delay in suctioning secretions, blood or vomit blocking the airways can lead to suffocation if an alternative suction or ventilation method is not administered by the user.”
Laerdal will contact affected consumers in writing to arrange for replacement of the affected product. Upon receiving the replacement, consumers should dispose of the pump unit, but keep the carry bag, battery, external power supply and wire stand of the existing unit.
Prior to receiving the replacement pump, consumers may continue to use the LCSU4 by following the recommendations below:
1. Do not block the patient tube for more than 10 seconds at a time at vacuum levels greater than 300mmHg;
2. Only use the approved accessories; and
3. Once the desired vacuum level is reached unblock the patient tube immediately.
For further information, please contact Laerdal Customer Service by phone on 1800 331 565 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5pm AEST)
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