Cutting a Battery Pack Cable Can Start a Fire
MedSun: Newsletter #29, October 2008

By Nasrin Mirsaidi, RN, CNOR, MSN - Reprinted from August Nursing2008, Volume 38, Number 8, Pages 13-14

FDA Medical Device Safety Page

Cutting a battery pack cable can cause short circuits. In turn, can cause the batteries to discharge rapidly and produce intense heat and flammable gases. No serious injuries resulted but when explosions occur patients and staff are at risk. This article provides recommendations to avoid the risks of sparks, fires, toxic fumes and explosions.

Additional Information:

Cutting a Battery Pack Cable Can Start a Fire. By Nasrin Mirsaidi, RN, CNOR, MSN – Reprinted from August Nursing2008, Volume 38, Number 8, Pages 13-14. FDA Medical Device Safety Page.
http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/TipsandArticlesonDeviceSafety/ucm064603.htm


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