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02/23/2011

Nagahama: Malfunction of a semi-automatic defibrillator reported

On February 18th, the Kohoku Local Firefighting Authority (KLFA), headquartered in Nagahama, announced that a semi-automatic defibrillator didn't work when a 69-year-old man was on the ambulance. The man died later at the hospital.

According to the KLFA, the man said he felt suffocated in the early morning on February 12th, and then his family member called for an ambulance. On the way to the hospital, an ambulanceman tried to use a semi-automatic defibrillator because of the cardiac arrest, but the equipment didn't work.

The defibrillator is TEC-2503, produced by Nihon Kohden Corp. The number of the same products used nationwide is 1060, so the corporation will inspect all of them.

(JijiPress, February 18, 2011)

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