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Hillrom Lift Recall: 22 Serious Injuries, 2 Deaths

overhead lift recall

Medical device manufacturer Hillrom is recalling their Liko Multirall 200 Overhead Lift after receiving numerous reports of the Q-link strap not attaching to the carriage hook properly. Without properly attaching, the strap can fail, resulting in falls, injuries or death.

Hillrom Lift Recall Information

Hillrom lift recall

Source: Hillrom

The Hillrom Liko Multirall 200 Overhead Lift is a device in medical facilities that healthcare providers use to move patients from room to room. It is common in hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. The lift device runs on a track near the ceiling. There is a motor and carriage hooks that hangs from the track. A sling-like seat attaches to the hooks, and the patient can sit inside and be easily transported from room to room.

However, if the Q-link strap does not attach to the carriage hook properly, the sling cannot support the weight of the patient and may come  undone. As a result of the imbalance and disconnection, the patient may fall. There is also a risk that the imbalance could cause the motor to fall, which could strike the patient or healthcare provider.

So far, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received 34 complaints about the lift. Of those, there have been 22 reports of serious injuries and two deaths. The FDA has classified this recall as a Class I, which is the most serious type of recall. A Class I recall means that continuing use of the recalled product could result in serious injury or death.

Identifying the Recalled Product

The FDA notes that patients, healthcare providers and bystanders could all be at risk when using this product. They are urging healthcare facilities to review their overhead lifts and cease using any lift or part included in this recall.

Hillrom is recalling the entire Liko Multirall system, including the following parts, model numbers, product codes, catalog or lot numbers:

  • Liko Multirall 200 (product number 3130001)
  • Universal SlingBar 450 R2R (product number 3156095)
  • Universal SlingBar 350 R2R (product number 3156094)
  • Carriage D45 with Double Hook (product number 3136100)
  • Extension belts
    • 300-400 mm (product number 3136226)
    • 400-600 mm (product number 3136227)
    • 600-1000 mm (product number 3136228)
    • 1000-1400mm (product number 3136229)

These devices were manufactured between December 2000 and October 2020. There are more than 11,000 devices included in this Hillrom lift recall.

What Customers Can Do

Any healthcare provider or facility that uses a Hillrom overhead lift should carefully review which model(s) they use. If they have a recalled model, they should not use it and should contact Hillrom. In December 2020, Hillrom mailed an Urgent Medical Device Correction notice to customers asking them to inspect their lifts and provide feedback to Hillrom. Healthcare facilities that have this notice but have not returned it should do so as soon as possible.

Hillrom will be in contact with customers about replacing the Q-Link strap. They are currently identifying all units currently being used by healthcare providers via the notices sent out in December.

Patients or healthcare providers can file a complaint related to defective medical devices through MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. You can file a complaint by mail, fax, or online. Information in complaints helps the FDA identify potentially dangerous devices so they can take action and, hopefully, prevent injuries or deaths.

Hillrom Lift Recall and Nursing Homes

The Hillrom overhead lifts in this recall are common in nursing homes. Sadly, that means countless nursing home residents could be at risk for serious injuries or deaths if this product is used. The FDA has not identified where the injuries and deaths occurred.  

If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective Hillrom lift, you may find it helpful to speak with a nursing home abuse lawyer about your situation. If a healthcare facility negligently uses a product that is subject to a recall and someone is hurt as a result, they can be held legally liable for that injury or death.

When nursing homes or healthcare facilities are negligent, the victim and his or her family may be able to receive compensation for their injuries and losses. The best way to find out your legal rights and options is to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer.