Cause of Device-Related Incident
*Not stated

Clinical Specialty or Hospital Department
Clinical/Biomedical Engineering; Nursing

Device Factors
*Not stated

Document Type

External Factors
*Not stated

Mechanism of Injury or Death
Electrical shock / electrocution; Failure to deliver therapy

Support System Failures
*Not stated

Tampering and/or Sabotage
*Not stated

User Errors
*Not stated

Electrical Safety for You and Your Patients Depends on Three Things


  1. An alert, caring, knowledgeable person—you
  2. Properly chosen, maintained, and applied equipment
  3. Proper grounding or double insulation of line-powered equipment

Report, tag, and do not use equipment with:

  • Frayed wires or cracked insulation
  • Damaged plugs or missing ground prongs

Report, tag, and do not use receptacles with:

  • Only two slots
  • Missing cover plates
  • Loose mountings
  • Weak gripping force


  • Using cheaters (three-prong adapters)
  • Using extension cords
  • Placing liquids on electrical equipment
  • Pulling plugs out of receptacles by the cord
  • Rolling equipment over power cords
  • Using defective equipment or receptacles
  • Using equipment that sparks, smokes, or shocks

Be sure that you know how to use equipment properly. Also be sure to:

  • Check that line-powered equipment has three-wire grounding cords, unless device is double insulated
  • Ask for help and instruction when needed
  • Report defective equipment and receptacles

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