Health Canada announced that it has endorsed important safety information concerning the Alenti Lift and Hygiene Chair, which has been associated with tip and falls, as well as significant injuries and deaths.
In a letter dated May 3, 2013, that was issued to health professions, the device maker discussed risks associated with the Alenti Lift and Hygeine Chair, such as tipping and related patient falls. The manufacturer, ArjoHuntleigh, said the tips and falls may be caused by operator use error and patient factors, and can lead to serious patient injury or death.
ArjoHuntleigh conducted Field Safety Correction Actions between 2004 and 2007 that were meant to provide improved safety instructions and warnings to reduce the risk of Alenti chair tipping and patient falls. Although there has been a decline in the number of reported incidents, ArjoHuntleigh stated that it continues to receive several incident reports in Canada annually.
To reduce these incidents, ArjoHuntleigh re-iterated that Alenti chair tipping and patient falls can occur if an operator does not strictly follow all operating and safety instructions in the device’s “Instructions for Use,” that some incidents have led to serious patient injuries and death, and that personnel who may be involved in operating the Alenti chair should be familiar with risk factors known to cause chair tipping and patient falling incidents.
Most of the reports of Alenti chair tipping and patient fall incidents occurred in the hygiene bathing room, or bathroom, said Arjountleight. Arjountleigh recommends extra attention to bathing and patient drying procedures when an Alenti chair is involved.
Arjountleigh provided detailed precaution information, instructions for questions with the online Customer Response form, revised wall chart verbiage, and maintenance and inspection processes, which are all accessible in its recent letter, which is accessible at: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2013/29019a-eng.php.
The Alenti Lift Hygiene Chair is designed for lifting, moving, and bathing patients.
ArjoHuntleigh may be reached regarding the Customer Response form, toll-free, at 1.855.312.4265 or by email at AHNA-RA@arjohuntleigh.com; and is located at ArjoHuntleigh Canada Inc. 300-90 Matheson Boulevard; West Mississauga, Ontario L5R 3R3. The vendor’s general toll-free telephone number is 1-800-665-4831 and its general email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.