updated 4/28/2005 6:46:45 PM ET 2005-04-28T22:46:45

Laerdal Medical Corp. is recalling more than 3,000 defibrillator adapter cables, sold nationwide since 1996, after receiving reports that broken wires in the cables prevented delivery of shocks to patients.

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The Wappingers Falls, N.Y., company said Thursday that consumers should stop using the CodeMaster 100-HeartStart Adapter Cables, which went out of production last year.

A subsidiary of Norway’s Laerdal Medical AS, the company could not immediately provide additional details about reports of wire breakage or whether any injuries were caused.

The cables allow Laerdal HeartStart brand defibrillation electrodes with snap connector — which go on the patient — to be used with the following defibrillators:

  • HP/Agilent/Philips CodeMaster 100 and CodeMaster SL+/XL/XE
  • Laerdal Heartstart 4000
  • Philips HeartStart XLT, HeartStart XL and HeartStart MRx

The product was sold as an accessory to most CodeMaster 100 defibrillators that Laerdal distributed, and as an optional addition to Laerdal HeartStart 4000 automated external defibrillators.

The 26-inch long, Y-shaped black cables bear the number 281-132-00 on a white label.

Laerdal is contacting the emergency health care providers that purchased the cables. The Food and Drug Administration is cooperating on the recall.

The company can be contacted by e-mailing customerservice1@laerdal.com or calling 877-523-7325. By the end of next week, more information will be available by calling the National Notification Center at 800-668-4391.

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