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Massage Device Blamed for Strangulation Death

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One death and one near-strangulation have prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to warn people to stop using the ShoulderFlex Massager. The device is a home-use deep tissue massager meant for the back, shoulders, and neck.

Medical News Today reports that the defective ShoulderFlex Massager is distributed by King International and is comprised of the portable massage, one memory foam pillow, and a machine washable sleeve. The massager is constructed with a rotating bar that has adjustable, removable fingers and is meant for use on patients lying on a flat surface.

The FDA reports that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) received one report of a fatality and one report of a near strangulation connected to use of the ShoulderFlex Massager. Clothing and a necklace became trapped in the device’s rotating element when the massager was turned on, said Medical News Today. Two other reports involved customers’ hair and clothing becoming stuck in the ShoulderFlex Massager, said the FDA, which said this poses serious health risks, including death.

NewsInferno wrote that the FDA warns that the ShoulderFlex Massager SHOULD NOT BE USED and recommends that physicians also warn patients not to use the device. Consumers have also been asked to dispose of the ShoulderFlex Massager so that it cannot be reassembled and used. Its power supply should be disposed of separately, and the massage fingers should also be removed and disposed of separately.

The FDA also said it is looking at King International’s plan for recall of the ShoulderFlex Massager. This could lead to additional action or communication by the agency or King International. Consumers who suspect a problem with the ShoulderFlex Massager are being encouraged to file voluntary reports through MedWatch, the FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting program..

King International of Beaverton, Oregon, has sold nearly 12,000 ShoulderFlex Massagers through stores and online sites since 2003, said Medical News Today.

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