The FDA has announced a recall of the Liko Overhead Patient Transfer Lift manufactured by Hillrom, after multiple reports indicated that the lift could cause severe injuries and even fatalities. This recall went into effect on February 22 2021, and was rated as a Class I recall due to the high risk of injuries or fatalities posed by the device.
Patient transfer lifts are devices that allow caregivers to transport their patient in and out of a bed, wheelchair, toilet, or shower. They may be used in facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, or even private residences, and were created to help reduce injuries among healthcare workers caused by repeated heavy lifting. But when a lift malfunctions, it can cause serious injuries to the patient being transferred. In some instances, fatalities have been reported as well.
If you or someone you love were injured due to a malfunctioning Liko patient transfer lift, the attorney’s at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt are interested in hearing your case, and can help you determine if you may benefit from pursuing legal action.
Issues With the Liko Patient Lift
Liko Multirall 200 Overhead Lifts are general-purpose lifts, part of an entire overhead lift system. This system includes a motor, S65 rail carriage hook, and Q-link strap. In 2020, reports began to come in that the sling could detach from the carriage hook, causing the patient to fall out of the sling to the ground.
Customers specifically reported that the Q-link strap lock did not attach to the S65 carriage hook in the way it was supposed to. When the strap lock fails to attach, either the patient, or the motor itself is at risk of falling. There were 34 complaints involving this specific issue, with 22 reports of serious injuries. Tragically, there have also already been 2 fatalities associated with the Liko Overhead Patient Lift.
Types of Injuries Caused by a Fall From an Overhead Patient Lift
Patients who are being moved by a mechanical lift are not in a position to move their own bodies due to injury or illness. Sustaining a fall from a mechanical lift can exacerbate the patient’s underlying issues, on top of causing new injuries.
The head is one of the heaviest parts of the human body, and can be gravely injured if it falls unsupported. This makes head trauma one of the most troubling injuries that can occur when falling from a lift. Other common injuries include:
Liko Patient Lift Recall Models
Models being recalled were all manufactured between December 2019 and October 2020, and distributed in the same time frame. They include:
- Liko Multirall 200
- Universal SlingBar 450 R2R, and 350 R2R
- Carriage D45 with Double Hook
- Extension belt 300-400 mm, 400-600 mm, 600-1000 mm & 1000-1400mm
How Has Hillrom Responded?
On December 18th, 2020, Hillrom, the manufacturer of the Liko patient lift, sent out an urgent medical device correction letter to all customers using the Liko Multirall 200 Lift system. When the FDA announced its Class I recall on February 22nd, 2021, over 11,000 pieces of equipment nationwide were affected. Class I recalls are the most serious classification, and indicate there is a reasonable probability the devices can cause serious injuries or death when used.
Hillrom has announced that it will replace the defective Q-Link strap with a new Q-Link 2 strap, as soon as the affected units have been properly identified. But questions still remain about why Hillrom allowed these faulty parts to be sold in the first place.
What To Do After an Injury From an Overhead Patient Lift?
As this recall is relatively recent, these devices may still be in use at some hospitals, long term care facilities, or private residences. It is imperative that anyone using these devices immediately contact Hillrom to receive a new Q-Link 2 strap.
If you or a loved one were injured due to a fall from a Liko patient lift, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, or facility where the incident occured. The lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt are watching this recall unfold and can talk to you about the specifics of your injuries with a free consultation. Contact us at 1-866-333-7715 or reach out online by filling out our form.