Dear Health Care Provider,
Health Canada is concerned about reports of suffocation and death in young children caused by entanglement in IV tubing when children are treated in hospital. Young children are at risk of strangulation from any type of cord, whether these are consumer products such as blind cords, or medical devices such as electronic leads or IV tubing. Leaving a child unattended in any environment where entanglement with a cord, tube, or lead is possible may have disastrous consequences.
Health Canada recommends the following:
Health Canada asks that you share these recommendations with your staff or membership and encourage their implementation in the interest of patient safety.
If you have any concerns, problems or complaints pertaining to medical devices, you may report them to Health Canada at the address below, or through a toll-free Hot Line at 1-800-267-9675.
Products & Food Branch Inspectorate
R.G. Rotter, Ph.D.
Director, Medical Devices Bureau
Tel.: (613) 957-4786
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