Minstrel patient lifts are intended to be used to elevate and transport patients from one location to another, such as from a bed to a bath. In May 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Arjo, Inc. notified healthcare professionals of a Class I recall of Minstrel patient lifts.
There are two mechanical problems associated with the lifts: the first involves the hanger bar detaching from the lift, resulting in the patient falling to the ground because of a missing spring washer; the second problem involves a bolt in the foot pedal assembly becoming loose which allows the foot pedal assembly to fall off of the lift. This results in the lift becoming unstable and the patient possibly falling.
Class I recalls are the most serious type of recall and involve situations where there is a reasonable probability that use of the product will cause serious injury or death.
If you have been injured because of a defective patient lift, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.*Source: Food and Drug Administration
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