DEVICE SAFETY: Watch those power connections!
BEVERLY ALBRECHT GALLAURESI RN, BS, MPH

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Nursing2014
February 2004 
Volume 34  Number 2
Pages 27 - 27
 
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ABSTRACT
Outline

  • What went wrong?

  • Tips for preventing misconnections

    DURING A ROUTINE device check in a hospital, a nurse discovered that an external defibrillator battery charger and a suction unit weren't receiving power, even though both appeared to be plugged into the wall outlet. The defibrillator battery wasn't being charged, and the suction unit wasn't ready for use if needed.

    What went wrong?

    Both devices in this case had similar power cord connectors that appeared to be interchangeable, but the nurse found that each was attached to the wrong device. Although the connectors looked alike, they didn't fit exactly into each other's receptacles. Because of the inexact fit, neither device was receiving power.

    Many electronic devices have similar connection ports that can be mistakenly connected to other devices. Fortunately, the nurse discovered this connection error before either device was needed for ...

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