FDA: Check Power Cords on Medical Devices

The Food and Drug Administration warns health care facilities and people who use medical devices at home to check the power cords for wear and tear, especially if oxygen is being used nearby.

The FDA has more than 120 reports of sparking, charring, and fires from cords used by two device manufacturers, Hospira Inc. and Abbott Nutrition, and is concerned that there may be similar problems with cords on other devices. 

All of the reports received so far have involved power cords manufactured by the Electri-cord Manufacturing Company.  Electri-Cord also supplies power cords for other devices.  The prongs inside the plug may have cracked or failed.

The safety warning says,

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. This vigilance is especially important in oxygen rich environments, in which electrical sparking and arcing may trigger a fire.

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