Some hospital safety showers found to be faulty

Showers designed to minimize microbial contamination have been shown to raise the risk of spraying contamination over hospital patients

By Healthcare Facilities Today

A certain brand of hospital safety shower, designed to minimize microbial contamination, has actually been shown to raise the risk of spraying contamination over hospital patients, according to an article on the Digital Journal website.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, SafeSpout and SafeShower products may pose risks to health potentially resulting in adverse health events or death. The showers are intended to be installed at the end of a standard sink faucet or shower head to filter water for washing and drinking.

The FDA has advised that exposure to harmful bacteria may occur when the fiber filter or the sealing compound, holding the fiber in place, breaks apart. The risk is that if the filter breaks, patients could be exposed to bacteria or viruses. One death and one infection have been reported.

Because of this, the manufacturer has embarked upon a recall of its products. This recall covers all products manufactured between July 2011 and September 2013.

Read the article.







January 17, 2014

Topic Area: Safety

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