Pacemaker-callback: 157.000 devices affected

Medtronic has worldwide called 157.000 pacemaker. As the NDR is reported to have been used in the equipment suspected heart centers in the whole of Germany. With the programming of the device, it will probably give problems. For most patients, no risk, there is probably Professor Andreas Franke told the station, but for the safety of all patients in whom the pacemaker was inserted would have to be controlled.

The programming errors could in rare cases lead to the pacemaker of the heart interprets the impulses wrong and not work any more. For most patients this is not a Problem, said Franke the NDR. As a safety precaution, all patients with the Medtronic would have to be controlled pacemaker. Franke speaks of the largest recall action in the field of cardiology.

Software Update required

In most cases, the Software should be enough Update so that the device is operating error-free, says Franke, according to NDR. Only in a few cases, surgery was required. When the Update rolls out, is still unclear.

Medtronic believes that it can be delivered in the second half of the year, such as a security information of the manufacturer, from January 2019.

Are affected by the error, therefore, the pacemaker of the brands Adapta, Versa, Relia, SOA IC., Sphera, and Vitatron. How many patients are affected by the recall, according to the NDR information.