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Recalled Product 

  • Product or service Name: WatchCare Incontinence Management Process (IMS) 
  • Item Versions: 
    • P7900B Centrella Mattress with WatchCare
    • P00697901: Healthcare facility Bed Accessory, WatchCare Method for VersaCare Bed Rev. A-J
    • P00697902: Medical center Mattress Accent, WatchCare System for VersaCare Bed Rev. K
    • P00697903: Healthcare facility Bed Accessory, WatchCare Process for Progressa Bed
    • P00697905: Hospital Bed Accent WatchCare System for Centrella Bed
  • Distribution Dates: August 1, 2018 to September 1, 2022
  • Equipment Recalled in the U.S.: 8,550
  • Day Initiated by Firm: September 30, 2022

Device Use

The WatchCare Incontinence Administration Program (IMS) contains distinct Centrella, Progressa, and VersaCare hospital beds and disposable incontinence pads. It is built to discreetly alert the caregiver of an incontinence party. The method is normally utilised in vital treatment and health care/surgical configurations as effectively as in other scientific areas. 

Reason for Recall 

Baxter Hillrom is recalling the WatchCare IMS soon after receiving stories that the radiofrequency emissions (RF) from WatchCare gadgets may possibly interfere with other healthcare gadgets, such as devices that is essential to the wellbeing and wellbeing of individuals, these types of as:

  • Infusion pumps 
  • Insulin pumps
  • Blood glucose sensors
  • Fetal monitors / dopplers
  • Telemetry devices
  • Bladder scanners

Other 3rd-party medical devices may possibly also be afflicted. The RF interference from WatchCare could trigger faulty readings or malfunctions of these other units on equally individuals and staff members, which could lead to inappropriate health-related therapies or lack of procedure. If WatchCare RF emissions influence a medically essential machine such as a blood glucose sensor, insulin pump, fetal check, or typical infusion pump, amongst other folks, this concern could lead to significant harm or loss of life.

Baxter claimed 96 grievances of interference. To date, interferences in all situations but two transpired at distances much less than 1 meter. There is inadequate details about distance on the remaining two noted interferences. There have been no reviews of really serious injuries or deaths connected to this challenge. 

Who May be Affected 

  • Folks who get treatment in medical center beds with the WatchCare IMS accessory installed.
  • Health care personnel who treatment for individuals in clinic beds with the WatchCare IMS accessory put in. 

What to Do 

On September 30, 2022, Baxter Hillrom sent prospects an Urgent Medical Gadget Correction letter. An current letter was despatched on Oct 21, 2022, which recommended the following steps for clinicians, biomedical engineers, and other close people: 

  • Quickly track down all afflicted units and clear away them from medical treatment parts (wherever doable) till the WatchCare performance is disabled. Afflicted gadgets are individuals Centrella, Progressa and Versacare beds which have WatchCare operation. Baxter will speak to you to prepare for the WatchCare to be disabled, and their technological assist can guide and offer alternate steps till the characteristics are disabled. 
  • Be knowledgeable that RF emissions from performing WatchCare equipment may perhaps influence other devices which includes, but not constrained to, telemetry devices, bladder scanners, fetal displays/dopplers, infusion pumps, insulin pumps, and blood glucose sensors. 
    • Double test all unexpected or atypical results and keep track of infusions carefully. 
  • Use conventional, non-RF based incontinence administration pads till the problem is fixed.
  • Share this recognize with all likely consumers and staff members in your organization. 
  • Complete the response kind (hooked up to the letter) and return to [email protected] within two weeks to accept receipt and comprehending.
  • Report any irregular activity or products issues related to the use of the WatchCare System to Baxter at 1-800-445-3720.
  • For distributors: Share with end consumers, complete the response variety and return to [email protected] in two weeks. Digital copies of the notification and response kind can also be provided by reaching out to this address. 

Baxter will speak to all impacted buyers to set up for WatchCare functionality to be switched off. 
The organization will also give a observe-up when additional details is obtainable. 

Call Information 

Prospects with technical thoughts about this remember must call Baxter Hillrom Technological Support at 1-800-445-3720 or [email protected].

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How do I report a difficulty?

Health and fitness treatment specialists and consumers may report adverse reactions or good quality issues they professional utilizing these equipment to MedWatch: The Fda Basic safety Information and Adverse Function Reporting Application working with an on the web sort, typical mail, or FAX.