A medical device is any product used to diagnose, cure, or treat a condition, or to prevent disease. They range from small and simple, like a blood glucose meter, to large and complicated, like a ventilator. You might use one at home or at work, or you may need one in a hospital.
To use medical devices safely
- Know how your device works. Keep instructions close by
- Understand and properly respond to device alarms
- Have a back-up plan and supplies in the event of an emergency
- Keep emergency numbers available and update them as needed
- Educate your family and caregivers about your device
Food and Drug Administration
- Alerts and Notices (Devices) (Food and Drug Administration)
- MedWatch, the FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program (Food and Drug Administration)
- Full-Body CT Scans - What You Need to Know (Food and Drug Administration)
- Home Healthcare Medical Devices: A Checklist (Food and Drug Administration) - PDF
- Home Use Devices: How to Prepare for and Handle Power Outages for Medical Devices That Require Electricity (Food and Drug Administration) - PDF
- Needles and Other Sharps (Safe Disposal Outside of Health Care Settings) (Food and Drug Administration)
- Practice Hospital Bed Safety (Food and Drug Administration)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Equipment and Supplies (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Registry-Based Prospective, Active Surveillance of Medical-Device Safety.
- Article: Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator implantation for primary and secondary prevention: indications and...
- Article: Obstetrical and Gynecological Devices; Reclassification of Surgical Instrumentation for Use...
- Medical Device Safety -- see more articles