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FDA issues alert for unpredictable medical equipment events due to daylight savings change

Materials Management Advisor, March 5, 2007

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notification concerning the possibility of some medical devices generating adverse events due to the new daylight savings time (DST) change.

The new start date of DST is March 11.

The alert says that if a medical device or device network is affected, a patient treatment or diagnostic result could be:

  • incorrectly prescribed
  • provided at the wrong time
  • missed
  • given more than once
  • given for longer or shorter durations than intended
  • incorrectly recorded

The FDA is unable to identify specific devices affected by the change, but offers several recommendations to help prevent harmful events.

To read the alert and these recommendations, click here.