Babytherm® 8004/8010 Infant Warmer, manufactured by Drägerwerk AG & Co – risk of fire
- Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
- 2 August 2016
- 2 August 2016
- Alert type:
- Medical device alert
In skin-temperature control mode, if the temperature sensor is not connected or detaches from the patient, the heating element may overheat causing particles to detach; potentially leading to fire and patient harm or death.
- Identify users of the Babytherm® 8004/8010 Infant Warmer.
- Ensure that all users receive the manufacturer’s Field Safety Notice (FSN) and that they understand the problem and the advice given by the manufacturer.
- Users are advised to use manual mode instead of skin-temperature control mode.
- If skin-temperature control mode is used, ensure temperature sensor is secured to the patient before use, as per advice given in manufacturer’s FSN.
- Ensure that a copy of the supplementary guidance and FSN provided by Draeger Medical is included with the Babytherm® 8004/8010 user manual.
- Return FSN acknowledgment form to Draeger UK.
All healthcare workers and carers who use these devices.
Deadlines for action
Actions underway: 30 August 2016
Actions complete: 13 September 2016
If the heating element overheats, it may release hot particles, posing a potential risk of fire.
Draeger Medical UK Limited
Hertfordshire HP2 7BW
Tel: 01442 292870
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Published: 2 August 2016
Issued: 2 August 2016
Alert type: Medical device alert