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May 21, 2008

Notice to Readers: Medical Equipment Malfunctions Associated With Inappropriate Use of Cleaning and Disinfecting Liquids—United States, 2007

JAMA. 2008;299(19):2270. doi:10.1001/jama.299.19.2270

MMWR. 2008;57:152

On October 31, 2007, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in collaboration with CDC, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, issued a public health notification alerting health-care providers and the public about medical device malfunctions caused by improper use of cleaning and disinfecting liquids.* Inappropriate use of cleaning and disinfecting liquids on certain electronic medical equipment can cause equipment damage and malfunctions, which might have serious, even life-threatening consequences. Under the Safe Medical Device Act, health-care facilities are required to report to FDA any medical device malfunctions that cause or could cause death or serious injury. This notice provides recommendations to help prevent medical device malfunctions attributed to improper cleaning and disinfection.

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