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December 3, 1982

Malfunctioning Neonatal Incubators-Reply

JAMA. 1982;248(21):2835. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330210027018

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In Reply.—  In response to the concerns expressed by ECRI, they are to be commended for their efforts to publicize further the danger of malfunctioning incubator safety thermostats. The importance of proper care and maintenance of incubators to prevent this hazard cannot be over-stated. If users had been effectively warned and advised on this problem, the incident might have been avoided. After the investigation of the situation, the FDA encouraged and has worked with the manufacturer to develop improved instructions for operation, inspection, and preventive maintenance of these incubators that specifically address the safety thermostat problem. An alert letter from Air Shields, scheduled to be mailed to all C86 incubator owners by the end of July 1982, describes how the mercury-in-glass safety thermostat can be damaged by accidental impact or abuse and provides these improved instructions. Hospitals owning these incubators should contact the manufacturer if they have not received the