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Dean Schillinger, MD; March 2004
A misunderstanding of instructions on how to administer medication leads to an infant choking on a syringe cap.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Patient Safety News. Show #61. March 2007.
This video story alerts providers to a possible problem with an asthma inhaler, which could indicate remaining doses incorrectly if the user forcefully twists the cap.
McFadden M. WNDU. February 21, 2012.
This news video reports on a death from patient-controlled analgesia and how graphic design students were consequently inspired to design materials to enhance awareness of pain-pump safety.
Journal Article > Commentary
The Food and Drug Administration's initiative for safe design and effective use of home medical equipment.
Weick-Brady M, Singh S. Home Healthc Nurse. 2014;32:343-348.
Medical devices are increasingly being used outside clinical facilities, and this can present unique safety challenges for both untrained and skilled personnel. This commentary describes FDA efforts intended to enhance safety of medical equipment use at home, including a guidance which focuses on factors relating to the user, environment, and labeling along with a campaign to increase public awareness of the risks associated with inappropriate device use.