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FDA Issues Warning on Battery-Powered Carts

Battery-powered medical carts have exploded or burst into flames in numerous hospitals, according to a warning letter to health care providers from the Food and Drug Administration. The carts typically contain high-capacity lithium or lead acid batteries that power workstations and medical devices for many hours. These battery-powered carts can spark, overheat, emit noxious fumes, and cause other hazards. The agency urged hospitals and clinics to pay greater attention to preventive maintenance. Click here for more information.