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Medibo Minerva Patient Lifts

Audience: Hospital and nursing home administrators and risk managers

FDA and Medibo, N.V., Hanmont, Achel: Belgium notified healthcare professionals of a Class I recall of the Minerva Patient Lift (models ML-20 and ML-30), a battery operated lift designed for lifting and transport of patients. There are three mechanical problems for which the Minerva patient lift is currently being recalled. 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. Thirdly, some units may have faulty actuator brackets on the mast assembly that can also cause the lift to become unstable.

[UPDATE September 7, 2004 - Recall notice modified to correct name of recalling firm and contact telephone numbers]

[Sept 2, 2004 - Recall Notice - FDA]