Invacare Australia Pty Ltd — Invacare Birdie Lifters

PRA number

2016/15694

Published date

Product description

Invacare Birdie Lifters are hoisting aids for elderly or disabled patients that enable sitting and horizontal transfers. They can be used in health facilities or in patients' homes.

Products affected: Lifter Birdie (180KG-EL-JC), Lifter Birdie 170KG EL, Lifter Birdie CMPT (150-ML-JC), Lifter Birdie Compact 150KG ML, Lifter Birdie MAN (170KG-ML-JC)

ARTG Number: 166395

What are the defects?

If the D-Clip is always placed backwards and pointing down towards the actuator (incorrect assembly), it can start to become damaged after a number of cycles.

What are the hazards?

If the D-Clip becomes damaged to the extent that the lifter arm falls down then there is potential for a serious patient injury to occur.

What should consumers do?

If you or someone you provide care for uses an Invacare Birdie Lifters hoist, be aware of this issue. Customers should check the following:
 
  1. The actual state of the D-clip - does it appear bent or broken? If the D-clip is damaged or broken, Invacare should be contacted and they will provide replacement clip.
  2. The actual position of the D-clip in the lifter. If it is in the correct position, there is no need to change it. If it is assembled in the wrong position, the D-clip should be removed and reassembled according to the directions that are being provided.
Invacare Australia is writing to all dealers and aged care and other facilities that supply or use affected Invacare Birdie Lifters hoists regarding this issue and to provide the updated instructions for use. Dealers will contact individual users to pass on this information.
 
If you have any questions or concerns about this issue, contact the retailer from whom you purchased your hoist. Alternatively, you can contact Invacare Australia on 1800 460 460 or email recalls@invacare.com.au.

Supplier

Invacare Australia Pty Ltd

Where the product was sold

Nationally

Responsible regulator

Therapeutic Goods Administration is the responsible regulator for this recall.

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