Hillrom’s recalled Liko Multirall 200 overhead patient lift has been linked to two deaths and there are more than 20 reports of serious injuries, reports MedTech Dive

FDA has categorized the recall of Hillrom’s overhead patient lift as a Class I event, citing the potential for serious harm, and said the device was linked to two deaths. In all, 34 complaints were lodged about the product, including 22 reports of serious injuries, FDA said Monday.

The overhead lift system at the center of the recall is intended for hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes that have a need to lift and transfer patients. FDA said customer reports indicated the lift’s Q-link strap lock did not attach properly to the S65 carriage hook.

In its safety notice to healthcare providers and distributors, Hillrom said it will be replacing the Q-link strap on the Multiralls lift with a Q-link 2 strap to improve ease of use and prevent risk to patients and caregivers. In the interim, providers are allowed to continue to use the system. They are also instructed to inspect the Multirall systems in their facilities and identify units affected by the field corrective action.

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