The Food and drug administration has discovered this as a Course I recall, the most critical kind of recall. Use of these equipment might bring about severe injuries or dying.

Recalled Product 

  • Product Name: WatchCare Incontinence Management Method (IMS) 
  • Product Designs: 
    • P7900B Centrella Mattress with WatchCare
    • P00697901: Clinic Mattress Accent, WatchCare System for VersaCare Mattress Rev. A-J
    • P00697902: Healthcare facility Bed Accent, WatchCare Technique for VersaCare Mattress Rev. K
    • P00697903: Healthcare facility Mattress Accessory, WatchCare System for Progressa Mattress
    • P00697905: Healthcare facility Bed Accent WatchCare Procedure for Centrella Bed
  • Distribution Dates: August 1, 2018 to September 1, 2022
  • Gadgets Recalled in the U.S.: 8,550
  • Date Initiated by Firm: September 30, 2022

Gadget Use

The WatchCare Incontinence Management Technique (IMS) consists of distinct Centrella, Progressa, and VersaCare hospital beds and disposable incontinence pads. It is developed to discreetly inform the caregiver of an incontinence function. The program is ordinarily used in significant care and medical/surgical options as effectively as in other scientific places. 

Purpose for Recall 

Baxter Hillrom is recalling the WatchCare IMS just after receiving stories that the radiofrequency emissions (RF) from WatchCare equipment may possibly interfere with other health care gadgets, such as devices that is vital to the health and wellbeing of sufferers, these kinds of as:

  • Infusion pumps 
  • Insulin pumps
  • Blood glucose sensors
  • Fetal displays / dopplers
  • Telemetry units
  • Bladder scanners

Other 3rd-party professional medical gadgets may perhaps also be impacted. The RF interference from WatchCare may well lead to faulty readings or malfunctions of these other products on both individuals and employees, which could guide to inappropriate health-related treatment options or absence of procedure. If WatchCare RF emissions have an affect on a medically important system such as a blood glucose sensor, insulin pump, fetal monitor, or general infusion pump, between other folks, this challenge could lead to serious personal injury or dying.

Baxter claimed 96 issues of interference. To day, interferences in all instances but two happened at distances a lot less than 1 meter. There is insufficient knowledge about distance on the remaining two reported interferences. There have been no reviews of really serious injuries or deaths associated to this issue. 

Who May be Affected 

  • People who receive treatment in clinic beds with the WatchCare IMS accessory set up.
  • Well being treatment personnel who care for sufferers in hospital beds with the WatchCare IMS accent set up. 

What to Do 

On September 30, 2022, Baxter Hillrom sent clients an Urgent Medical Machine Correction letter. An updated letter was despatched on Oct 21, 2022, which recommended the next steps for clinicians, biomedical engineers, and other finish consumers: 

  • Instantly track down all impacted units and take out them from scientific care areas (where attainable) until the WatchCare functionality is disabled. Influenced devices are all those Centrella, Progressa and Versacare beds which have WatchCare features. Baxter will make contact with you to arrange for the WatchCare to be disabled, and their technical assistance can guide and deliver option steps until the features are disabled. 
  • Be informed that RF emissions from operating WatchCare equipment may well effect other equipment which include, but not constrained to, telemetry products, bladder scanners, fetal screens/dopplers, infusion pumps, insulin pumps, and blood glucose sensors. 
    • Double verify all unpredicted or atypical benefits and keep an eye on infusions closely. 
  • Use standard, non-RF centered incontinence management pads until finally the concern is solved.
  • Share this see with all potential people and team in your corporation. 
  • Full the reaction variety (connected to the letter) and return to [email protected] inside of two months to admit receipt and knowing.
  • Report any irregular exercise or item complaints related to the use of the WatchCare Process to Baxter at 1-800-445-3720.
  • For distributors: Share with end consumers, full the reaction type and return to [email protected] inside of two months. Electronic copies of the notification and reaction form can also be furnished by reaching out to this deal with. 

Baxter will call all impacted buyers to arrange for WatchCare functionality to be switched off. 
The corporation will also offer a abide by-up when extra information is available. 

Get in touch with Information 

Shoppers with technical thoughts about this remember need to make contact with Baxter Hillrom Technological Help at 1-800-445-3720 or [email protected].

Additional Resources: 

How do I report a trouble?

Wellness care specialists and customers may well report adverse reactions or top quality complications they experienced making use of these devices to MedWatch: The Food and drug administration Basic safety Data and Adverse Function Reporting Plan applying an on the net type, frequent mail, or FAX.