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Steris Amsco Sonic Energy Cleaner and Amsco Sonic Energy Console

Audience: Hospital and long term care facility risk managers and materials managers
[Posted 08/31/2006] Steris and FDA notified hospital and long term care facility managers of a fire risk with use of Amsco Sonic Energy Cleaner and/or an Amsco Sonic Energy Console, used for cleaning reusable medical equipment. The affected products were manufactured from November 2000 until January 2005 bearing serial numbers 0432000018 to 0403105051. The location of the lid switch cable wiring harness in these units makes them susceptible to water damage to the electrical connections. If this occurs, it can cause overheating of the electrical system in the unit and lead to damage of the wiring harness(s) resulting in smoking, sparking, and fire.

Healthcare professionals are instructed to follow proper safety precautions to prevent water from contacting the electrical wiring while using this device. A Steris technician will visit account holders to replace the wire harness and associated components of the affected units.

[June 21, 2006 - Letter - Steris]