Standard SlingBar 450 - supplied with Liko overhead and mobile lifts

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Recall for product correction - potential for injury

1 October 2013

Consumers and health professionals are advised that Hill-Rom, in consultation with the TGA, is undertaking a recall for product correction for the Liko Standard SlingBar 450.

The Standard SlingBar 450 (see graphic below) can be attached to various overhead and mobile patient lifts, made by Liko and other manufacturers, that are used to assist caregivers in moving patients.

Image of the Standard Slingbar 450

It has been identified that injury can result to the patient, caregiver or bystanders from tripping or otherwise falling against the slingbar as the exposed sling hooks at either end of the unit can pierce the body.

In overseas reports there have been six injuries associated with this issue. There have been no reports of injuries in Australia.

To mitigate the risks posed by the exposed hooks, Hill-Rom has developed a slingbar safety cover (see graphic below).

Image of the Slingbar safety cover

The Liko Universal slingbar (see graphic below) is not affected by the recall for product correction.

Image of the Liko Universal slingbar

The Standard SlingBar 450 product numbers (distributed between January 1980 and November 2012) being corrected are:

20090029 20190024 20190041
31190015 31290017 31290043
3156001 3156003 3156007
3156014 3156016 31590043
019013

Information for consumers

Hill-Rom has written to all affected users providing more information about this issue including details on how to obtain the safety covers.

If you or someone you care for has a patient lift with one of the affected slinghooks, but you have not been contacted, call Hill-Rom Technical Support on 1800 147 118 or email servicedirect.au@hill-rom.com.

As the affected slingbars may have been purchased separately or transferred between different Liko models (or to lifts made by other manufacturers), look for the specific bar type as shown in the top photo.

Continue to follow safe lifting practices, and do not allow unauthorised persons, especially children, to play around or operate the lift.

Information for health professionals

Hill-Rom has written to all affected users providing more information about this issue including details on how to obtain the safety covers.

If you know of a patient or carer who may be using a lift with an affected slingbar, please make sure they are aware of this issue. As the affected slingbars may have been purchased separately or transferred between different Liko models (or to lifts made by other manufacturers), advise them to look for the specific bar type as shown in the top photo.

Additional information

The Standard SlingBar 450 was initially sold with the following lifts:

  • Golvo 1000, 3000, and 7000 series
  • Viking M
  • Viking L
  • LikoLight 100 & 125
  • Caroli 101
  • Uno 100, 101 & 102

As the affected slingbars may have been purchased separately or transferred between different Liko models (or to lifts made by other manufacturers), it is important not to limit a search to these models, but to look for the specific bar type as shown in the top photo.

Reporting problems

Consumers and health professionals are encouraged to report problems with medical devices. Your report will contribute to the TGA's monitoring of these products. For more information see the TGA Incident Reporting and Investigation Scheme (IRIS).

The TGA cannot give advice about an individual's medical condition. You are strongly encouraged to talk with a health professional if you are concerned about a possible adverse event associated with a medical device.