As a reminder, in March 2018, the Veterans Health Administration issued a Patient Safety Alert mandating the use of thermal shut-off devices (also known as firebreaks, fire stop valves or fire safety valves) in all of its home oxygen patients’ installations. The VHA will be incorporating new requirements into all DME contracts for home oxygen. KEY POINTS OF THE PATIENT SAFETY ALERT The VA’s Patient Safety Alert requires that thermal fuses (firebreaks) are fitted to all home oxygen patients’ installations—unless there is a clinical reason for not doing so. The Patient Safety Alert applies to all patients, not just those deemed to be at ‘high risk’. Two thermal shut-off devices must be fitted on each patient installation. In other words, where a patient uses both stationary and portable oxygen, two thermal fuses must be fitted on the stationary oxygen source and two on the portable source. In the case of portable devices, the requirement only applies to those with a continuous flow. Following the Patient Safety Alert, all DME providers will be responsible to report home oxygen fires to the local VA medical center and must provide specific information about the fire. Any unidirectional thermal fuses must be replaced with bidirectional versions at the next scheduled visit or sooner (unless the unidirectional is designed so it cannot be fitted in the wrong orientation, if it has a thread or bayonet for e
Get the Most out of Medtrade! The 2018 Medtrade show at Atlanta’s World Congress Center next month promises a continuation of the “Wow Factor” many attendees and exhibitors commented on at the spring 2018 Medtrade show in Las Vegas. Looking back at the Las Vegas 2018 show, the big company winners that emerged from its New Product Pavilion were: Convexity Scientific Inc. of Fairfield, CT with a portable pocket nebuilizer; X TOP for Men, McAirlaid’s Inc. of Rocky Mount, VA with a wetness protection product for men; Werth, LLC of Grand Rapids, MI, with a storage rack for walkers. Big winners for new products at the fall 2018 Medtrade Show New Product Pavilion will be determined at the end of the show which will run from October 15 - 18. Looking forward, here’s a preview of the show: More than 270 exhibitors on the expo floor are expected to greet about 2,500 attendees. Many of them are HME providers who will be attending the show to find everything from basic healthcare products to the latest innovations in mobility, respiratory, oxygen POCs, sleep, rehab and aids for daily living. OxyGo®, a leading marketer of POCs, will be at booth #1317 this year. It will feature the OxyGo FIT™, the lightest POC on the market,” said OxyGo sales manager Jon Schultz. POCs have become the fastest-growing segment within the home oxygen supply market. They will also highlight Applied Home Healthcare Equipment, the O
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