Warming Device Too Hot to Handle
Investigators said Friday that hospitals should stop using warming devices similar to a machine that "severely burned a newborn," according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
"We urge hospitals to remove these models from service as soon as feasible," said Mark Bruley, the nonprofit ECRI Institute's vice president, accident and forensic investigation group.
Maverick Werth, the 12-hour-old baby burned at Mercy Hospital in January 2008 was scarred on his scalp and upper body and "wears a special glove to protect his right hand," said his father.
Mercy hired ECRI to investigate the incident. As reported by the Star Tribune, ECRI concluded that "hospital staff members were not at fault because the defects in the device 'are not visible to the naked eye' and did not result from improper maintenance."
While ECRE stated that incidents similar to Werth's are "unlikely," the group recommended "immediate action to remove and replace the affected models,"