Medical Device Power Cords Safety Investigation - Initial Communication
MedSun: Newsletter #42, November 2009

FDA MedWatch Safety Alert

FDA is investigating whether certain types of power cords used with medical devices may be defective. Two medical device manufacturers (Hospira, Inc. and Abbott Nutrition) have sent FDA 122 reports of sparking, charring, and fires from the power cords used with their devices. The potential risks from this power cord failure include electrical shock, delay in setup and therapy, interruption of therapy, device failure, and fires. FDA recommends that all users of medical devices, either in healthcare facilities or in the home, closely monitor the wear and tear on the electric cords used to power these devices.

Additional Information:

FDA MedWatch Safety Alert. Medical Device Power Cords Safety Investigation: Initial Communication. October 19, 2009.

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