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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Hospital Bed Fires

Audience: Hospital risk managers and administrators

The FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health issued a Public Health Notification with information on reports of fires involving electrically powered hospital beds since 1993. The notification includes a list of safety tips. The safety tips apply to both electrically powered and manual healthcare beds, and to adjustable medical beds. They may be particularly useful for older model beds. One list is intended for the clinical staff and the other for staff responsible for bed maintenance.

[December 18, 2003 - Public Health Notification - FDA]