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Risk of electromagnetic interference with medical telemetry systems operating in the 460-470 MHz frequency bands.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; November 16, 2005.
This announcement notifies health care practitioners of possible interference with medical alarms and patient monitoring systems caused by mobile radio transmitters.
Journal Article > Study
Effect of US Drug Enforcement Administration's rescheduling of hydrocodone combination analgesic products on opioid analgesic prescribing.
Jones CM, Lurie PG, Throckmorton DC. JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176:399-402.
Improving the safety associated with opioid use is a major health policy priority. Investigators found that drug scheduling changes imposed by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (including tighter prescribing standards and prohibiting refills) led to major reductions in the prescribing and dispensing of hydrocodone combination analgesic products.
Implantable infusion pumps in the magnetic resonance (MR) environment: FDA safety communication—important safety precautions.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; January 11, 2017.
Hazards in the magnetic resonance imaging environment can result in patient harm. This announcement raises awareness of inaccuracies and disruptions that may affect the safety of patients with implantable infusion devices who undergo an MRI exam. The statement recommends that patients inform their care team and carry an implant card with information about the implanted device to prevent these problems.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration. May 29, 2018.
Surgical fires can result in patient harm. This announcement provides information about causes of surgical fires and reviews FDA recommendations to prevent them, such as presurgery fire risk assessment, promoting team communication, and fire management planning. A WebM&M commentary discussed common sources of operating room fires and how to reduce risks.
Journal Article > Commentary
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Precertification pilot program for digital health software: weighing the benefits and risks.
Lee TT, Kesselheim AS. Ann Intern Med. 2018;168:730-732.
Innovation is a valuable process in health care. However, when innovations are rapidly deployed, efforts to proactively identify and address safety concerns may fall short and lead to unintended consequences. This commentary describes a new program to expedite the review of digital health software and summarizes the benefits and potential harms that could result from the program.
Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; April 2018.
Reliable use of medical devices is an important contributor to safe health care delivery. This report describes the US Food and Drug Administration's plan to raise awareness of problems with devices in the field, develop new devices with better safety and cybersecurity protections, and enhance innovation and the product life cycle through regulation.
Journal Article > Study
Magill SS, O'Leary E, Janelle SJ, et al; Emerging Infections Program Hospital Prevalence Survey Team. N Engl J Med. 2018;379:1732-1744.
Health care–associated infections (HAIs) are a key cause of preventable harm in hospitals. Successful programs to avert HAIs include the comprehensive unit-based safety program to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections and the AHRQ Safety Program for Surgery to prevent surgical site infections. This survey of 12,299 patients at 199 hospitals on a single day enabled researchers to estimate the prevalence of HAIs in the United States. In 2015, 3.2% of hospitalized patients experienced an HAI, a 16% decrease compared to a similarly derived estimate in 2011. The most common HAIs were pneumonia and Clostridium difficile infections, while the biggest reductions were in urinary tract and surgical site infections. This data emphasizes the importance of identifying strategies to combat pneumonia in nonventilated patients, which remains common and less well-studied than other HAIs. A past PSNet perspective discussed the history around efforts to address preventable HAIs, including federal initiatives.