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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.
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Medical Product Safety Network. Silver Spring, MD; US Food and Drug Administration.
This Web site provides information about tubing misconnections and how to prevent them.
Rockville, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; November 9, 2010.
This notice analyzes findings from a government initiative on CT scan injuries and provides recommendations to enhance safety and prevent such incidents.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Patient Safety News. Show #57. November 2006.
This video news segment recaps concerns over the use of an infusion pump with an identified design defect.
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.
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.