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Dentists alerted to problems with suction hoses for XO CARE XO-4 and XO FLEX units

2 March 2018 


Dentists have been alerted to a newly identified situation regarding suction hoses for the XO CARE XO-4 and XO FLEX Units. It has been brought to the attention of XO CARE, that the magnets inside these hoses have the potential to negatively impact implanted pacemaker and defibrillators.


XO CARE consider the risk for patients to be extremely small and claim that during the 10 years that  units have been fitted with magnets they have received no reports of problems in connection with pacemakers or IDCs. XO CARE will switch to a modified design that will eliminates the magnets in these suction hoses.


However, current users are being instructed to heed the following advice:


  • Be aware if your patient carries an implanted pacemaker or defibrillator;
  • Ask the patient about the pacemaker's position;
  • Ensure not to place the suction hose nipple in proximity of the implanted pacemaker;
  • If possible place a folded towel or similar over the location of the pacemaker;
  • Pay attention if any acoustic signal occurs from the pacemaker, move the suction hose nipple immediately until the acoustic signal warning tone stops;
  • As in any case at which a patient experiences unexplained discomfort during treatment, the treatment should be paused and proper attention paid to a potential medical situation.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have issued an alert relating to this, and more advice and details of how to return the product can be found via their Field Safety Notice.


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