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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Arjo MINSTREL Patient Lifts

Audience: Hospital and nursing home administrators and risk managers

FDA and Arjo, Inc. notified healthcare professionals of a Class I recall of the MINSTREL patient lift. There are two mechanical problems associated with the lifts: the first involves the hanger bar detaching from the lift, resulting in the patient falling to the ground because of a missing spring washer; the second problem involves a bolt in the foot pedal assembly becoming loose which allows the foot pedal assembly to fall off of the lift. This results in the lift becoming unstable and the patient possibly falling. Facilities should either inspect their lifts and follow the instructions in the Field Correction/Recall letter sent to all facilities or they should take the lifts out of service until they can be inspected by an Arjo service engineer.

[May 27, 2004 Recall Notice - FDA]
[May 26, 2004 Press Release - Arjo, Inc.]