Getting used to using a new medical device in your home after suffering a Virginia personal injury can be frustrating, especially if the device is complex. We are here to give you a few pointers, courtesy of the FDA, to help you manage the new addition to your home in the hopes that it will make your road to recovery a little bit easier.
Deciphering the Instructions
The instructions for medical devices are often complex, and may not be written for the average person to understand. If the product was originally designed for use in a medical facility by trained practitioners, it may take time and perseverance for the user to become independent with the use of the product.
Usability is an important factor in the design of any medical device and refers to how easily people can effectively and safely use their device to accomplish a specific task. The ECRI Institute has discovered that poor usability was one of the top 10 health technology hazards in 2012.
There are a few things you can do to make adjusting to your new device easier. Some of them are common sense, but they can go a long way in easing any potential frustration.
- Understand how the device works and keep the instruction manual close at hand for reference.
- Know the different kinds of device alarms and what they signify.
- Have emergency phone numbers on hand and up to date.
- Prepare a back-up plan and emergency supply kit.
- Inform family members and any caregivers on the operation of the device.
- Keep in contact with your doctor and healthcare team, and continue to ask them for any suggested changes in relation to your equipment.
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