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  • American Dental Sponsors CE at UMSOD

    The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry is presenting a course on infection control and equipment maintenance and repair in the dental office. The course will be presented on January 31st, 2015.

    The course will feature hands-on training with dental equipment. The focus will be on minor issues that staff can easily address in office.

    This course will empower doctors and staff to attend to minor issues in office to minimize downtime from equipment failures. Schedules for routine maintenance will be outlined helping to reduce equipment failures as well. This course will pay for itself if it saves you from even one service call!

    Up-to-date OSHA concerns and hazardous waste regulations will also be discussed including disinfection of equipment surfaces and materials.

    Attendees will receive 5.5 hours of CE credit.

    For more information, or to register, visit the University of Minnesota online:

    http://www.dentistry.umn.edu/dentalce/courses/dental-equipment-maintenance/index.htm

    American Dental is proud to lend support to this fantastic course offering from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

  • FDA Announces Recall of the 980 Ventilator System

    Nellcor Puritan Bennett, 980 Ventilator System: Class I Recall: Software Issue May Stop Ventilator

    The FDA has notified health professionals and their medical care organizations of the Class 1 recall of the Puritan Bennett 980 Ventilator Systems with software versions below 2.8, with distribution dates March 3, 2014 through August 22, 2014 and serial numbers listed here. The recalled products have a software problem that causes the ventilator to stop working after the air and oxygen gas supply lines are disconnected and then reconnected, which could lead to serious health problems or death.

    RECOMMENDATION: Covidien sent an Urgent Field Corrective Action letter dated October 3, 2014 to its customers. A Covidien representative will update the software on the ventilators as soon as possible. To receive the software update, complete the acknowledgement and receipt form attached to the correction letter. Fax it to the Covidien contact found on the form.

    Customers may continue to use these ventilators until Covidien updates the software, as long as two gas sources are connected to the ventilator at all times. See the recall notice at the link below for other Covidien reminders and instructions from the Corrective Action letter.

    Read the MedWatch safety alert including a link to the Recall Notice at: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm422362.htm

    Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

    • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
    • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178
  • Recall of Lidocaine Announced

    Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), announced today it will initiate a voluntary recall of one lot of 1% Lidocaine HCI for Injection, USP, 10 mg per mL, 30 mL Single-dose, Preservative-Free (NDC 0409-4279-02; Lot 40-316-DK, Expiry 1APRIL2016) to the user level due to a confirmed customer report of particulate in a single unit. Hospira has identified the particulate as a human hair, embedded in and attached to a pinched area of the stopper.

    For detailed information pertaining to this Recall consult Hospira or the FDA.