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BI&T Jan/Feb 2014 What’s one thing that medical devices as diverse as infusion pumps, blood pressure machines, thermometers, ventilators, suction machines, and defibrillators have in common? The use of batteries. “It’s hard to think of a medical device component that is more important than a battery,” says the FDA’s William Maisel, deputy director for science at the agency’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “It’s easier to generate a list of devices that don’t rely on batteries.”

Interestingly, in surveys and interviews, healthcare technology management professionals identify battery maintenance as one of their top medical device-related challenges. The issues are many, including overcharging, undercharging, different battery technologies, different applications, user training, and replacement procedures. In this issue’s cover story, HTM professionals, manufacturers, regulators, and other experts explain what could wrong if batteries fail, and they outline some potential solutions that could make the use of battery-powered medical devices safer and more reliable.

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