American Dental Tech Blog

  • FDA Issues Communication Regarding Recall of OxyTOTE Portable Oxygen Unit

    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.

  • Quick Tip Tuesday #19: Amalgam Disposal

    Proper amalgam disposal is becoming more necessary as we start to realize what is really going down the drains and into the water people drink. Amalgam separators aren't required in all states, but those regulations are in the process of being changed. If you do use a separator, what do you do with the amalgam filter when it needs to be replaced? A customer asked:

    Quick-Tip-Tuesday_#19_Q&AAre you disposing of your hazardous materials properly? Let us know if we can help you with your system or need help with a disposal solution.

  • Quick Tip Tuesday #18: Handpieces

    Proper handpiece maintenance isn't as difficult as people might think. Today's quick tip takes a look at a customer with an oily handpiece.

    Quick-Tip-Tuesday_#18_Q&AFor more handpiece help, take a look at other customer questions here. Do you have any questions or concerns you would like us to address on Quick Tip Tuesday? Let us know!