Introducing Bionix® Safety Technologies

May 4, 2017

Toledo, OH – May 3, 2017 National Safety Technologies (NST), a division of Bionix since 1993, specialized in developing solutions that expedite testing and reporting to the stringent requirements of the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and The Joint Commission. Today, those solutions are provided by the same team under a new name; Bionix Safety Technologies. “We’re proud of… (Read More)

CGMP Regulations – Medical Gas Mix-Ups

April 24, 2017

Take a Look! Before You Hook. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is very concerned about deaths and injuries from medical gas mix-ups.  For example, patients who were thought to be receiving medical grade oxygen have received a different gas (e.g., nitrogen) that had been mistakenly connected to the oxygen supply system.  Medical gas mix-ups have caused many deaths and serious injuries (for details, see… (Read More)

Entrapment Risk with Bed Systems and Components

April 19, 2017

Shelly Glock, Acting Director Division of Nursing Homes and ICF/IID Surveillance Center for Health Care Quality and Surveillance June 19, 2015 Subject: DAL NH 15-05 – Entrapment Risk with Bed Systems and Components Dear Administrator: Many facilities are in the process of purchasing new beds to replace old ones. Please remind your staff to be especially diligent in evaluating the risk of entrapment with bed… (Read More)

PROVIDER ALERT – Bed Siderail / Enabler Entrapment Issue

April 2, 2015

NYSDOH Survey and Surveillance staff have alerted the associations to a bed siderail/enabler entrapment issue resulting in an immediate jeopardy citation. Recently, facilities have purchased new beds and upon assembly and use, they have not met the proper requirements to prevent entrapment, even with proper assembly. The facilities were cited for failure to assess the entrapment risks. The specific issue in this case was with… (Read More)

Hospital bed entrapments still occurring despite numerous warnings from US and Canadian Health authorities (PDF)

June 24, 2013

TOLEDO, OH: Amidst various warnings and guidance documents released by Health Canada and the FDA in recent years, Hospital Bed Safety is still a danger resulting in patient entrapments and deaths. A recent I‐Team story from CBC News, Manitoba (6/19/13)has acknowledged four Winnipeg nursing home residents that died in the past 2 ½ years following a bed rail entrapment. The Bed System Measurement Device, as… (Read More)

More seniors dying in bedrail accidents, reports show

June 19, 2013

Despite multiple warnings, four more seniors have died in Winnipeg nursing homes. CBC News has learned in the last 2 ½ years, four Winnipeg nursing home residents died following a bed rail entrapment — one in 2011, two in 2012 and one in 2013. The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), which oversees personal care homes in the city, said in three of the four cases, the residents were… (Read More)

NST introduces the R7000 Electrical Receptacle Analyzer for Medical Facility Testing (PDF)

January 17, 2011

Toledo, OH – National Safety Technologies has released the R7000 Electrical Receptacle Analyzer. The R7000 has a large touchscreen for trouble-free data entry, with an expanded display that shows multiple test results at one time. The analyzer has the capability to preload outlet descriptor data to eliminate repetitive typing. The detachable reference cord offers two different test routines – an expanded program for comparative testing… (Read More)

Medical Gas Containers and Closures; Current Good Manufacturing Practice Requirements (PDF)

April 10, 2006

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to amend its current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) regulations to include new requirements for the label, color, dedication, and design of medical gas containers and closures. These requirements are intended to do the following: Make the contents of medical gas containers more readily identifiable, reduce the likelihood that containers of industrial or other gases would be inappropriately… (Read More)

Guidance for Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Other Health Care Facilities (PDF)

March 15, 2001

This guidance is intended to alert hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities to the hazards of medical gas mix-ups. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports during the past 4 years from hospitals and nursing homes involving 7 deaths and 15 injuries to patients who were thought to be receiving medical grade oxygen, but were receiving a different gas (e.g., nitrogen)… (Read More)