Insulin device for diabetics urgently recalled over fears battery could overheat and catch fire
- Omnipod DASH Personal Diabetes Manager has been urgently recalled
- There is a concern that the device may overheat, catch fire, leak liquid, or swell
- The device allows diabetics to receive insulin for three days without injections
A device that diabetics use to regulate their insulin levels has been urgently recalled over fears that the battery could overheat and catch fire.
Product Safety Australia issued the recall for the Omnipod DASH Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM) on Friday.
The product’s battery may swell, leak fluid or overheat and catch fire,’ said Product Safety Australia.
The wearable pods can be stuck to the arms or legs of diabetics and deliver insulin for three days that is controlled via a smartphone-like device known as the PDM.
This allows diabetic patients to receive insulin without the need for injections.
However, those who use the device are warned that overheating the battery can lead to fire and serious injury or death.
A device diabetics use to manage their insulin levels has been urgently recalled over fears its battery could overheat and catch fire
The wearable pods can be stuck to the arms or legs of diabetics and deliver insulin for three days which is controlled via a smartphone-like device known as the PDM.
If the device stops working, there may be a delay in the release of insulin, which can lead to severe hyperglycemia and serious health complications.
The manufacturer warned users not to charge their PDM if the battery compartment bulges out or if the PDM is hot to the touch.
They should also not attempt to charge the device if it is not turned on within 45 minutes of being plugged into a charger or turned off immediately after being removed from a charger.
If the PDM does not bulge or overheat or operate normally outside the charger, it can be used – under certain conditions.
Users have been urged not to remove the battery and should stop charging their PDM once the battery is 85 percent full – never leave it charged overnight.
It should also not be used while connected to a charger, charged in direct sunlight, or charged when the air temperature is 31°C or higher.
Insulet Corporation modifies the PDM software to limit charging capacity and reduce the risk of overcharging.
“An updated Omnipod DASH PDM will be provided to affected consumers when available,” said Product Safety Australia.
For further questions, please contact Insulet Australia Customer Service on 1800 954 074.
The Insulet PDM is an Android mobile device used to activate wearable pods, which provide non-stop insulin delivery without the need for injections