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Biomedical Engineers’ Input to MedSun Surveys Enhances Device Safety

Hazlett, Antoinette MSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/JCE.0b013e31826cc644
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This article highlights 2 surveys conducted by the Food and Drug Administration’s Medical Product Safety Network involving (1) external defibrillators and (2) radiofrequency identification systems (RFID and RTLS [real-time locating system]). The input and feedback received from these important stakeholder groups identified key challenges related to device use and human factors, maintenance, and staff training.

This article highlights 2 surveys conducted by the Food and Drug Administration’s Medical Product Safety Network involving (1) external defibrillators and (2) radiofrequency identification systems (RFID and RTLS [real-time locating system]).The input and feedback received from these important stakeholder groups identified key challenges related to device use and human factors, maintenance, and staff training.

From the Office of Surveillance and Biometrics, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Maryland.

Corresponding author: Antoinette Hazlett, MSN, RN, is with CDRH at FDA in Silver Spring (antoinette.hazlett@fda.hhs.gov).

Antoinette Hazelett, MSN, RN is in the Office of Surveillance and Biometrics, in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the Food and Drug Administration. She can be reached at antoinette.hazlett@fda.hhs.gov.

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