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November 16, 2015
The G5 Ventilator V2.00 and V2.31, distributed between March 2007 & March 2014, are effected by this recall. The ventilator could stop working without sounding an alarm when the oxygen enrichment key (attached to the ventilator mask on the patient) is initiated by the operator.
This problem can occur in a couple of instances:
If one of these problems occur, the patient might not receive enough oxygen and could suffer serious adverse consequences, including injury or death.
For recommendations on what to do if this affect you and to learn more about the recall or report an issue, see the full post here.
November 4, 2015
A fusion of infection control and design in your dental office. Who would have thought? Sherwin-Williams debuted a new line of paint at the Cleveland Clinic's 2015 Medical Innovation Summit in Ohio recently. It is called Paint Shield™ and it kills infection-causing bacteria within two hours of coming in contact with non-porous surfaces (ie: walls, doors, & ceilings).
The paint contains a compound called Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chloride, which kills 99.9% of MRSA, Staph, E. Coli, VRE, and enterobacter aerogenes. This will be beneficial for all kinds of medical facilities, including dental offices. It is registered with the EPA and is the first of its kind. With proper maintenance, the paint's infection control properties can last up to 4 years.
It will be available early next year, with 590 colors to choose from. For more information, see the full post here.
August 19, 2015
The FDA has issued a medical device recall communication regarding the OxyTOTE Portable Oxygen Unit manufactured and distributed between the dates of January 1, 2009 to September 30, 2014 by the Western/Scott Fetzer Company.
Reports have shown that if the portable oxygen unit is mishandled or dropped, "the oxygen cylinder may ignite causing an internal flash fire and the canister to burst."
There have been over 160,00 units distributed in the US. The recall urges users to locate and identify any OxyTOTE/oxyQuik/AirTOTE product and to contact your OxyTOTE/oxyQuik/AirTOTE distributor or Medical Gas Provider to see if remediation of the product is necessary.
The company has received two reports of incidents in which the oxygen unit has malfunctioned causing an injury and a death. Please click here for specific details on the recall.