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US Food and Drug Administration. March 8, 2019.
Errors of commission during complex procedures can contribute to patient harm. Drawing from an analysis of medical device reports submitted to the Food and Drug Administration, this announcement seeks to raise awareness of common adverse events associated with surgical staplers and implantable staples. User-related problems include opening of the staple line, misapplied staples, and staple gun difficulties. Recommendations include ensuring availability of various staple sizes and avoiding use of staples on large blood vessels.
Preventable tragedies: superbugs and how ineffective monitoring of medical device safety fails patients.
US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. January 13, 2016.
Insufficient sterilization of duodenoscopes and other medical equipment has been linked to health care–associated infection outbreaks. This report summarizes findings from a government investigation into existing methods for monitoring and reporting device problems and provides recommendations for Congress, hospitals, and the Food and Drug Administration to augment identification and prevention of safety issues associated with medical devices.
Design of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) duodenoscopes may impede effective cleaning.
FDA Safety Communication. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; February 23, 2015.
Design limitations and production pressure may contribute to insufficient sterilization of complicated medical devices between uses. This announcement raises awareness of risks associated with inadequate cleaning of duodenoscopes that surfaced after a cluster of nosocomial infections at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
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Safety considerations to mitigate the risks of misconnections with small-bore connectors intended for enteral applications.
Rockville, MD: Center for Devices and Radiological Health, US Food and Drug Administration; February 11, 2015.
Multifaceted initiative to reduce "alarm fatigue" on cardiac unit reduces alarms and increases nurse and patient satisfaction.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Health Care Innovations Exchange. June 18, 2014.
Clinical alarms have been described as a serious patient safety issue. This article relates how one hospital implemented a series of actions reduce nuisance alarms in a cardiac unit and reports a substantial decrease in audible alerts with no subsequent adverse effects. Interventions included expanding limits for triggering heart rate alarms and collaboration between two nurses to design customized alarm parameters for individual patients.
Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Bethesda, MD: Food and Drug Administration, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2006.
This document provides background on hospital bed injuries, identifies potentially dangerous design flaws, and offers assessment tools to reduce entrapment incidents.