Patient safety alert: EZ-IO

42 incidents have occurred nationally within a three-year period, where a delay in administering IO medication has occurred due to batteries depleting on EZ-IO bone guns.

Actions to be taken:

  • Check all EZ-IO bone guns
  • If you come across a device that doesn’t have a battery indicator – remove from service and seek a replacement from supplies
  • If the EZ-IO does have a battery indicator, check the device is functioning correctly by pressing the trigger:

    • A green LED indicates it is functioning correctly – no action required
    • A red LED indicates the battery is running low – remove from service and seek a replacement from supplies

Replacement devices can be ordered from the supplies catalogue, product number: M599

Published 31st July 2020

1 Comment
I just wanted to point out that if you are ever unlucky enough to have a drill unit run out of battery, it is possible to insert the needle manually by rotating it by hand, with minimal insertion delay. You do not need to wait for a second unit to be sourced... (For those that remember - Just like a Cook needle but with less pressure required).
Christian Clarke
01 August 2020


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