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The FDA has notified doctors and hospitals of reports that some Philips Avalon Fetal Monitors are producting inaccurate readings, most often during the second stage of labor. Philips issued an Important Device Safety Alert on September 4, 2009. If the inaccurate readings are not recognized and addressed, doctors may be unaware of fetal distress or may recommend unnecessary interventions based on false information. In order to avoid serious injuries, doctors must recognize the conditions and respond appropriately. The affected models are the FM20, FM30, FM40 and FM50 with the ultrasound transducer.

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