Cause of Device-Related Incident
*Not stated

Clinical Specialty or Hospital Department
CCU / ICU / NICU; Home Healthcare; Nursery

Device Factors
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Document Type

External Factors
*Not stated

Mechanism of Injury or Death
Failure to deliver therapy

Support System Failures
*Not stated

Tampering and/or Sabotage
*Not stated

User Errors
*Not stated

Essential Safety Features and Practices for Infant Home Apnea Monitors


Essential safety features:

  • Heartbeat detector
  • Remote alarm
  • Power-loss alarm (non-battery-operated units)
  • Safe electrodes (wires cannot be plugged into electrical cords or outlets)

If the monitor lacks these features, keep using it, follow the safety practices below, and replace or modify the unit as soon as possible.

Essential safety practices:

  • Daily—Check monitor and remote alarm sounds by disconnecting leads. Use monitor self-test feature if available.
  • During monitoring—Always check baby any time monitor alarms, even if alarm stops. If possible, operate from an electrical outlet. Be sure power cords and cables are plugged in. The breath-detection light should blink once for each breath. The heartbeat light should blink in a consistent pattern. Immediately report unusual operation.
  • Monitor placement—Never place monitor on floor. Do not place items near monitor; they might block displays or muffle alarms. Place monitor several feet from electrical devices.
  • Baby's bed—No parents, children, or pets should sleep in same crib or bed with baby.
  • Monitor settings—Only your doctor or home care provider should change monitor settings.
  • Training and support—You should be trained in proper monitor use and CPR. Have your home care service regularly check the monitor.

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