Without appropriate technical updates, patients are at risk of inappropriate shocks from their defibrillators

Elsevier

Philadelphia, January 20, 2022 – A case study of a patient who experienced inappropriate shocks from her defibrillator is presented in Heart Rhythm Case Reports, an official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, published by Elsevier. This event likely took place because an FDA-recommended firmware update to strengthen cybersecurity had not occurred. This underscores the importance of upgrading firmware of Abbott devices according to FDA recommendations.

The patient, with an Abbott Fortify AssuraTM

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