Fall Back, Spring Forward- AND DIE!!

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 A pair of advisories from the FDA warns patients that the new daylight savings time calendar could kill you!

FDA warns

If you have any medical equipment that uses, creates or records time information about your diagnosis or treatment and the manufacturer has not updated it, the equipment may not work properly when the new Daylight Savings Time (DST) starts and ends this year and in future years.

President Bush signed this new DST law to reduce energy usage in 2007.  The four-week extension could save the equivalent of 100,000 barrels of oil per day in energy use, the House Energy and Commerce committee claims. The government’s reasoning behind daylight saving time is that people will use less electricity for lighting if they have extra daylight later in the evening.

Daylight Savings Time in the U.S. starts three weeks earlier and ends one week later this year, compared to the last several years. Medical equipment you use was likely made before the DST rules were recently changed and so your equipment may use the wrong dates for the start and end of daylight savings time

It’s Y2K all over again! 

Previous reports warned about how your tv and toaster oven might go on the fritz. 

FDA warns you about the day your pacemaker will get confused and kill you If you experience a problem, it’s most likely to occur on the following dates:

  • March 11 (New date for start of DST)
  • April 1 (Old date for start of DST)
  • October 28 (Old date for end of DST)
  • November 4 (New date for end of DST)

 What FDA says you should do to stay alive ( I really expected the bend over, place head between legs, kiss your…..)

  • If you are a patient or caregiver, look at your medical equipment and its instructions to see whether it uses or displays time.
  • If so, contact the manufacturer of the equipment and find out if it needs any software or other patch or fix so it will continue to operate correctly when daylight savings time becomes effective on March 11, 2007.
  • If you cannot determine who the manufacturer of your medical equipment is or can’t contact them, notify your doctor before March 11, 2007, to find out if it’s safe to continue using your medical equipment.
  • Check your medical equipment after 2:00 AM on March 11, 2007 to make sure it displays the correct time before you rely on it. If your medical equipment displays or uses the incorrect time, tell the manufacturer about your equipment and ask your doctor before you use it.
  • When you use your medical equipment after 2:00 AM on April 1, 2007, which was the old scheduled date, make sure it displays the correct time before you rely on the equipment. If your medical equipment displays or uses the incorrect time, tell the manufacturer about your equipment and ask your doctor before you use it.
  • Remember to check the time your equipment is displaying on October 28, 2007, and on November 4, 2007, to assure that it’s correct.

FULL LINK to FDA letter to docs etc about the potential crisis and what to do plan!  (dear healthcare provider…..)

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