Don’t Lose the Evidence—Sequestering Equipment after an Incident
March 5, 2014 | Evaluations & Guidance
Medical-technology-related accidents frequently involve not only the device itself, but also its accessories. Physiologic monitors, ventilators, electrosurgical units, and infusion pumps, for example, all have disposable or reusable accessories that should be sequestered when an accident occurs.
Unfortunately, clinical staff often neglect to preserve all equipment involved in an incident, especially accessories, disposable devices, associated packaging, and identifying data. The resulting problems involving evidence and incident-related medical devices can significantly complicate subsequent investigations. It is important to understand these issues and ensure that proper procedures are followed.