All Birdie mobile hoists (lifters) manufactured by Invacare - change to the design of the carabiner used to hold the spreader bar in place

(Invacare Limited) Change to the design of the carabiner and an update to the instructions for use. (MDA/2015/019)


  • Download the amended instructions for use from the Invacare website.
  • Review and implement the updated instructions for use.
  • Discuss with your health and safety advisor whether your device needs a lockable carabiner.
  • If advised, order the lockable carabiner from the manufacturer and fit as instructed.
  • Re-read our alert MDA/2012/038.

Action by

All involved in the provision, prescription, use and maintenance of this equipment.

Deadlines for action

Actions underway: 13 May 2015, actions complete: 29 June 2015

Problem/ background

Invacare has published a field safety notice (FSN) with additional information about the carabiner and amendments to the instructions for use. The new design (lockable) carabiner is available as an upgraded part for all devices manufactured prior to 1 March 2015. The upgrade carabiner spare part kit reference number is 1583279.

All new devices manufactured after 1 March 2015 have the new design carabiner fitted as standard.

Manufacturer contacts

Technical Services Department
Invacare Limited
Pencoed Technology Park
CF35 5AQ
Telephone: 01656 776 222



If you are responsible for cascading these alerts in your organisation, these are our suggested distribution lists.


CAS and SABS (NI) liaison officers for onward distribution to all relevant staff including:

  • all wards
  • clinical governance leads
  • community children’s nurses
  • community hospitals
  • community nurses
  • district nurses
  • EBME departments
  • equipment libraries and stores
  • health and safety managers
  • health visitors
  • hospital at home units
  • maintenance staff
  • nursing executive directors
  • occupational therapists
  • physiotherapists
  • purchasing managers
  • rehabilitation engineers
  • risk managers
  • supplies managers

NHS England area teams

CAS liaison officers for onward distribution to all relevant staff including:

  • occupational health departments

Social services

Liaison officers for onward distribution to all relevant staff including:

  • back care/manual handling advisors
  • care at home staff
  • care management team managers
  • children’s disability services
  • community care staff
  • day centres (older people, learning disabilities, mental health, physical disabilities, respite care, autistic services)
  • disability equipment stores
  • education departments for equipment held in schools
  • equipment supplies managers
  • in-house domiciliary care providers (personal care services in the home)
  • in-house residential care homes
  • loan store managers
  • loaned equipment store managers
  • occupational health departments
  • occupational therapists
  • schools with hoists

Independent distribution

Establishments registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) (England only)

  • adult placement
  • care homes providing nursing care (adults)
  • care homes providing personal care (adults)
  • clinics
  • domiciliary care providers
  • further education colleges registered as care homes
  • hospices
  • hospitals in the independent sector

Establishments registered with OFSTED

  • children’s services
  • educational establishments with beds for children
  • residential special schools

Please note: CQC and OFSTED do not distribute these alerts. Independent healthcare providers and social care providers can sign up to receive MDAs directly from the Department of Health’s Central Alerting System (CAS) by sending an email to: and requesting this facility.



Send enquiries about this notice to MHRA, quoting reference number MDA/2015/019 or 2013/006/014/291/009.

Technical aspects

Sara Vincent and Emma Rooke, MHRA
Telephone: 020 3080 7169 and 020 3080 6609

Email: or

Clinical aspects

Dr Camilla Fleetcroft, MHRA
Telephone: 020 3080 6097


Reporting adverse incidents in England

Through the Yellow Card website.

Northern Ireland

Alerts in Northern Ireland are distributed via the NI SABS system.

Enquiries and adverse incident reports in Northern Ireland should be addressed to:

Northern Ireland Adverse Incident Centre
CMO Group
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
Telephone: 028 9052 3868
Fax: 028 9052 3900


Northern Ireland Adverse Incident Centre (NIAIC)

Reporting adverse incidents in Northern Ireland

Report directly to NIAIC using the forms on the website.


Enquiries and adverse incident reports in Scotland should be addressed to:

Incident Reporting and Investigation Centre
Health Facilities Scotland
NHS National Services Scotland
Telephone: 0131 275 7575
Fax: 0131 314 0722


Reporting adverse incidents in Scotland

NHS boards and local authorities in Scotland should report to Health Facilities Scotland.

Contractors such as private hospitals carrying out NHS work and private care homes that accept social work funded clients should report to Health Facilities Scotland.

Private facilities providing care to private clients should report to the Care Inspectorate and MHRA.


Enquiries in Wales should be addressed to:

Healthcare Quality Division
Welsh Government
Telephone: 01267 225 278 / 02920 825 510


Reporting adverse incidents in Wales

Report to MHRA through Yellow Card and follow specific advice for reporting in Wales in MDA/2004/054 (Wales).

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MDA/2015/019: All Birdie mobile hoists (lifters) manufactured by Invacare

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