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Announcements

Cyber-criminals are jumping on the coronavirus scare. I guess we should expect it by now. There are threats to healthcare and citizen's so be mindful.

READ the information bulletin from the Commonwealth Fusion Center.

Stryker announced today that the company is launching a voluntary field action on specific units of the LIFEPAK 15 monitor/defibrillators.

The company is notifying a population of LIFEPAK 15 customers of an issue that may cause their devices to fail to deliver a defibrillation shock after the “Shock” button on the keypad is pressed. This is a result of oxidation that may have formed over time within the “Shock” button.

On December 12, 2019, the State EMS Medical Director issued an Emergency Release of Protocol 2.20 Home Hemodialysis Disconnect.  Read the memo from OEMS here.  Download STP 2.20 here.  

Beginning December 2, 2019, there is a new direct-to-CT pathway specifically for trauma patients transported to UMass University.  This is designed to get patients who have falls on anticoagulants to CT quickly, but only applies to patients who are otherwise uncomplicated.  Read the memo from UMass-Memorial Medical Center here.  

Notice

FDA Alert: Extended Use Dates Provided by Pfizer to Assist with Emergency Injectable Drug Shortages

The FDA is alerting the health care and emergency response community that due to the ongoing critical shortages of injectable drugs used in critical care, Pfizer has provided updated dates through which some of these injectable drugs, manufactured by Hospira Inc., a Pfizer company, may be used beyond the manufacturer’s labeled expiration date. To help ensure patient safety, these products should have been — and should continue to be — stored as per labeled conditions. For specific information and the full FDA alert, go to https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-shortages/search-list-extended-use-dates-assist-drug-shortages.

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Notice

Stryker Lifepak 15 Urgent Medical Device Safety Notice and Correction

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has been alerted that Stryker is conducting a voluntary Field Action for specific Lifepak 15 Monitor/Defibrillator devices that may lock-up after a defibrillation shock is delivered. This condition is defined as a blank monitor display with LED lights on, indicating power to the device, but no response in the keypad and device functions.

Please read the Clinical Advisory issued June 22, 2018 for important information on the increase of opioid-related overdose deaths that have also been positive for cocaine.

Phillips Healthcare recalls HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator