Device Check List
Please use this checklist to use and maintain your medical device safely and effectively in your home
As a homecare medical device user, you should know how your device works.
- Read your patient education information.
- Ask your doctor or supplier questions about your device and take notes.
- Ask what you need to operate your device.
- Do you need electricity, running water, telephone, or computer connections to operate your device?
- Check to see that your home is suited for your device.
- Do the stairs, doorways, bathrooms, house wiring, present any problems?
- Keep Instructions for Use close to your device.
- Pay attention to alarms and error messages.
- Be familiar with what the alarms and error messages mean.
- Follow Instructions as given.
- Call supplier for help if you don't understand how your device works.
- Report to your doctor or device supplier any new problems you have with the device
Take care of your device and operate it according to the manufacturer's directions.
- Read your instructions for taking care of your device and follow them for:
- replacing batteries, filters
- protecting your device (e.g. keep food and drinks away from your device).
- Can you safely take your device from home to school, work, church, and vacation spots?
- Check ahead to see if these other places are suited for your device.
- Dispose of your medical device according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Always have a back-up plan and supplies.
- Make sure you know what to do if your device fails.
- Have emergency phone numbers for suppliers, homecare agency, doctor, and manufacturer.
- Be sure that you have the after-hour phone numbers.
- If appropriate, keep extra batteries for your device.
- Know how to replace them.
Educate your family and caregivers about your devices.
- Include them in hospital planning meetings or any device demonstrations.
- Ask them to do a hands-on demonstration to show they can effectively use the device.
Keep children and pets away from your medical device.
- Don't let children play with dials, Settings, on/off switches, tubings, machine vents, or electrical cords.
- Don't allow pets to chew or play with electrical cords.
- Check with your supplier to see if you can turn off your device when not using it.
Contact your doctor and home healthcare team often to review your health condition.
- Check to see if there are new conditions that may change the way you or your caregiver use the device.
- Are there changes in vision, hearing, ability to move?
- Have you had an illness, new medicines, loss of feeling?
Report any serious injuries, deaths, or close calls.
- Report these events to FDA at 1-800-332-1088.
- Report these events to your supplier.
- FDA will take action when needed to protect the public's health.