- Identify all affected devices (see manufacturers’ Field Safety Notice (FSN)).
- Check whether the battery has exceeded its’ three-year replacement interval or has reached 300 charge-discharge cycles in line with the FSN.
- Refer to the Philips SureSigns VS & VM monitors and View station Service Guide for details on how to replace the battery if required. Contact Philips to order replacement batteries.
- Ensure that there are systems in place to routinely check battery life until the software update is made available (November 2018) and installed.
- Contact Philips to confirm receipt of their FSN using their response form.
- Report adverse events involving these devices through your local incident reporting system and/or your national incident reporting authority as appropriate: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales. You should also report directly to manufacturers if your local or national systems do not.
All medical, nursing and technical staff involved in the use and maintenance of these devices.
Deadlines for actions
Actions underway: 17 October 2018
Actions complete: 14 November 2018
Medical Device Safety Officers (in England)
Ask the manufacturer to add you to their distribution list for field safety notices (FSNs). This is to help with reconciliation.
If your organisation receives an FSN from a manufacturer, always act on it. Do not wait for a communication from MHRA.
Philips have received reports of their SureSigns monitors with lithium ion batteries overheating or igniting when exceeding their three-year service interval or reaching 300 charge-discharge cycles. The current labelling and instructions for use (IFU) do not provide full instructions on when to replace the batteries. As a result, Philips are issuing an updated IFU and software upgrade to provide system warnings in aid of managing the battery replacement cycle.
Philips Customer Care Service Centre
Telephone: 0870 532 9741
If you are responsible for cascading these alerts in your organisation, these are our suggested distribution lists.
Trusts (NHS boards in Scotland)
CAS and NICAS liaison officers for onward distribution to all relevant staff including:
- A&E consultants
- A&E departments
- A&E directors
- A&E nurses
- Adult intensive care units
- Ambulance staff
- Anaesthesia, directors of
- Anaesthetic medical staff
- Anaesthetic nursing staff
- Biomedical engineering staff
- Cardiology departments
- Cardiology nurses
- Cardiology, directors of
- Cardiothoracic surgery directors
- Community children’s nurses
- Community hospitals
- Coronary care departments
- Coronary care nurses
- Day surgery units
- EBME departments
- Endocrinology units
- Endocrinology, directors of
- ENT departments
- ENT medical staff
- ENT services, directors of
- Equipment stores
- Equipment libraries and stores
- Gastroenterology departments
- Gastroenterology, directors of
- Gastro-intestinal surgeons
- General surgeons
- General surgery
- General surgical units, directors of
- Gynaecology departments
- Gynaecology nurses
- Haemodialysis nurses
- Haemodialysis units
- Health and safety managers
- Hospital at home units
- Intensive care medical staff/paediatrics
- Intensive care nursing staff (adult)
- Intensive care nursing staff (paediatric)
- Intensive care units
- Intensive care, directors of
- Maintenance staff
- Maternity units
- Medical directors
- Medical libraries
- Midwifery departments
- Midwifery staff
- Neonatal nurse specialists
- Neonatology departments
- Neonatology directors
- NHS walk-in centres
- Nursing executive directors
- Obstetrics and gynaecology departments
- Obstetrics and gynaecology directors
- Obstetrics departments
- Obstetrics nurses
- Operating department practitioners
- Oral surgeons
- Outpatient clinics
- Outpatient theatre managers
- Outpatient theatre nurses
- Paediatric intensive care units
- Paediatric medicine, directors of
- Paediatric nurse specialists
- Paediatric surgeons
- Paediatric surgery, directors of
- Paediatric wards
- Paediatrics departments
- Resuscitation officers and trainers
- Risk managers
- Theatre managers
- Theatre nurses
Establishments registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) (England only)
- Care homes providing nursing care (adults)
- Further education colleges registered as care homes
- Hospitals in the independent sector
- Independent treatment centres
- Nursing agencies
- Private medical practitioners
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: firstname.lastname@example.org and requesting this facility.
Send enquiries about this notice to MHRA, quoting reference number MDA/2018/031 or 2018/007/019/291/016.
Jillan Hussein, MHRA
020 3080 7148
Paul Sandhu, MHRA
020 3080 7266
Devices Clinical Team, MHRA
Tel: 020 3080 7274
Reporting adverse incidents in England
Through Yellow Card
Alerts in Northern Ireland are distributed via the NICAS 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
Tel: 028 9052 3868
Northern Ireland Adverse Incident Centre (NIAIC)
Please report directly to NIAIC using the forms on our website.
Enquiries and adverse incident reports in Scotland should be addressed to:
Incident Reporting and Investigation Centre,
Health Facilities Scotland,
NHS National Services Scotland
Tel: 0131 275 7575
Reporting adverse incidents in Scotland
NHS Boards and Local Authorities in Scotland – report to Health Facilities Scotland.
Contractors such as private hospitals carrying out NHS work and private care homes that accept social work funded clients – report to Health Facilities Scotland.
Private facilities providing care to private clients report to the Care Inspectorate and MHRA.
Enquiries in Wales should be addressed to:
Healthcare Quality Division,
Tel: 02920 823 624 / 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).