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Class I Recall of DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System - May Reverse Directions After Surgery
A Class I recall has been issued for the DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System because the device may reverse direction and lose the desired distraction distance after surgery.
The DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial (CMF) Distraction System (AB Distractor Bodies and BC Distractor Bodies), also called an External Mandibular Fixator And/Or Distractor and a Bone Plate is an implant used to lengthen and/or stabilize the lower jawbone (mandibular body) and the side of the lower jaw (ramus). This device is used in pediatric and adult patients to correct congenital or post-traumatic defects of the jaw by gradually lengthening the bone (distraction).
See the recall notice for a complete listing of affected products with part and lot numbers. There have been 15 reports of injury associated with the use of this device.
Healthcare providers should take note that:
- Infants are at the highest risk for injury if the device fails because sudden obstruction of the trachea can occur. This could lead to respiratory arrest, and result in death.
- Children or adults with the ability to maintain an open airway are at less risk for serious injury because failure of the device would not result in tracheal obstruction and could be medically reversible.
- In all patient populations, failure of the device may result in the need for surgical intervention to replace the failed device.
- Review their inventory and remove affected lots from stock.
- Call DePuy Synthes at 1-800-479-6329 for a return authorization number
- Complete and return the verification in the letter included with the notice.
The Joint Commission (TJC) has announced that, effective August 25, 2014, two requirements from their Home Care Accreditation Program have been deleted. According to TJC, the patient safety concerns addressed in the deleted EPs are already sufficiently covered in other requirements.
As of the effective date above, standard RC.01.02.01, EP 5 and standard PC.04.01.05, EP 5 will not be scored and will not result in Requirements for Improvement. Home Care organizations should note that these two EPs will appear in accreditation manuals and the E-dition until the January 2015 update.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a free learning tool on building respect for LGBT older adults. The learning tool is intended for Long Term Care (LTC) providers and addresses the needs and rights of older LGBT adults in LTC.
According to CMS, there are approximately 1.5 million adults over the age of 65 in the United States who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. By 2030, those estimates are expected to rise to nearly 3 million. Estimates indicate that there are hundreds of thousands of older adults who are transgender. Many of these older LGBT adults in long term care facilities do not feel safe being open about their sexual identity.
The newly released learning tool was developed in collaboration with CMS, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Public Affairs, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, as well as with input from advocacy groups.
The learning tool consists of six modules and aims to educate care providers about the needs and rights of older LGBT adults. It introduces LTC and other aging service providers to LGBT aging and is designed to increase awareness of the issues faced by LGBT individuals living in LTC facilities. The learning tool includes video testimonials, quizzes, and helpful information on how to make LTC more inclusive for this population. Each module lasts approximately 10 minutes; the learning tool can be viewed over multiple sittings.
Below is a copy of the memorandum announcing the new learning tool, Specific instructions for accessing the tool are outlined in the memo.
Featured Policy Library Manuals
MCN's NEW Ambulatory Surgical Center/Outpatient Surgery Department Policy and Procedure Manual is cross referenced to TJC standards, AAAHC standards and CMS regulations. Policies and procedures meet AORN and CDC recommendations and guidelines. This comprehensive reference guide has over 290 policies and procedures that are ready to customize to your organization. See also the Administrative Manual for Ambulatory Care Facilities and the Ambulatory Services EOC Manual.Read more »
MCN's Central Service Policy and Procedure Manual provides over 200 proven, up-to-date policies and procedures in a ready-to-customize format. This manual is cross referenced to federal regulations, as well as Joint Commission and NIAHO standards. References used include AAMI Recommended Practices, IAHCSMM Central Service Technical Manual, ASHCSP Training Manual for Health Care Central Service Technicians and AORN Recommended Practices.Read more »
MCN's Post Anesthesia Care Policy and Procedure Manual is a comprehensive resource that covers the latest "hot topic" regulatory and patient safety issues that are relevant to PACU! This manual includes administrative, operational, functional and patient-centered policies and procedures. Policies and procedures are cross-referenced to CMS regulations, Joint Commission standards and NIAHO standards.Read more »