Thursday, December 13, 2012
Consumer Updates > Making Medical Devices Safer at Home:
""(Home use) devices once were designed only to keep you alive. Now they're designed to keep you as independent as possible," according to Mary Brady, MSN, RN, a senior policy analyst at FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).
However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has long been concerned that consumers may sometimes be literally left to their own devices—depending upon medical devices they might not know how to operate and for which they might not understand the safety risks.
There have been serious, and even fatal, problems reported to FDA associated with medical devices used at home. For example, a woman with kidney failure got cat hair in her dialysis tubing, resulting in peritonitis, a life-threatening abdominal infection. And a child died when his mother didn't hear an alarm on his ventilator signaling that the tubing had become disconnected."
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