Dräger Recalls Ventilator Power Supply

On April 2, the FDA announced that respiratory equipment manufacturer Dräger has issued a recall of its optional PS500 power supply unit used with the Evita V500 and Babylog VN500 ventilators.

Joint Commission Codifies CMS Stance on Maintenance

In response to the December 2013 CMS letter on preventive maintenance, The Joint Commission has updated its requirements. In a March 4 publication, the organization announced two new “elements of performance” on maintenance of medical equipment and utility systems.

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Taming the Clinical Alarm Hazard

With The Joint Commission’s mandate to improve management of alarms now in effect, hospitals are now going all out to inventory their systems. To establish alarm management as an organizational priority, top hospital leadership must set the tone.

Puritan Bennet Ventilator Recalled

On January 10, the FDA announced that that Covidien’s Puritan Bennett 840 Series Ventilator has been recalled due to a software problem. The agency issued the Class 1 recall because a software error could set off an alarm and disable the ventilator.

Report Summarizes 2014 National Patient Safety Goals

The Joint Commission has posted an overview of the 2014 National Patient Safety Goals on its website, covering topics from clinical alarm safety and patient identification to medication safety and hospital-related infections.

Joint Commission Report Details Alarm Safety Goal

The Joint Commission has released a new National Patient Safety Goal to deal with alarm systems starting January 1, 2014. Phase 1 begins January 1, 2014, and addresses awareness of potential risks, while Phase 2 establishes safety requirements.

Sunquest Calls for Recruits to Drive HIT Regulation

Sunquest is calling on fellow industry leaders and stakeholders to encourage the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the emerging field of Health Information Technology to improve patient safety outcomes.

IEEE 11073 Standards Hit the National Stage

The US Food and Drug Administration has endorsed 12 IEEE standards on interoperability and cyber security, folding them into a larger list of 25 national standards for improving medical device communication.

Acertara Earns ISO Certifications

Acertara Acoustic Laboratories, Longmont, Colo, announced on October 1, 2013, that its quality management system has been awarded both ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003 certifications through Orion Registrar Inc.