Biomed News – September 2014

September 01, 2014

NFPA: SPRPTs Are Safe for Patient Care Vicinities

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Healthcare Interpretations Task Force (HITF) voted 7-0 at their June meeting to allow the use of Special Purpose Relocatable Power Taps (SPRPTs) in patient care areas of healthcare facilities. The minutes of the meeting can be found here (beginning on page 4).

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The Task Force stated that SPRPTs that are approved to UL’s 1363A standards are permitted to be used for medical equipment in the patient care vicinity provided they meet the section of the NFPA-99 Healthcare Facilities Code (2012 Edition).

More information on the usage and acceptance of SPRPTs in patient care areas can be found on AIV’s dedicated SPRPT information page. Click here to access the above information.


Upcoming Events:

Effective Application of Agile Practices in the Development of Medical Device Software

AAMI offers a two-day course to provide professionals engaged in medical device software development with in-depth knowledge on how to effectively apply the Agile practices in the development compliant, safe, and effective products. The course program is based on the concepts in the AAMI TIR45:2012, Guidance on the use of AGILE practices in the development of medical device software. Interested parties are invited to attend the course on September 29-30, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia.

To know more about the course, visit

Health Facility Commissioning® (HFCx)

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) invites all health care facility owners, managers, contractors and commissioning authorities as well as architects and design engineers to attend the upcoming Health Facility Commissioning seminar on September 23-24, 2014 at Chicago, Illinois. This seminar will help equip participants to develop a comprehensive business plan tailored to adhere to their healthcare organization’s strategic mission and attain its planned return on investment in clinical facilities and devices.

For more information, please visit

Radiation Sterilization for Medical Devices

This intensive 3½-day program is designed to equip participants with scientific theory and principles, processes, best industry practices, and industry standards required in radiation sterilization of medical devices. Professionals involved in radiation sterilization and other related sterilization processes are invited to sign up for this course on October 7-10, 2014 at Alexandria, Virginia.

Learn more about this program at

Design Control Requirements and Industry Practice

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) encourages all design engineers, R&D team members, new product development teams and other professionals involved in meeting medical device design control requirements to attend this course program held at the Westin Arlington Gateway on October 15-17, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. This course will focus on the practical application of the design control requirements of the Quality System regulation to medical devices.

For complete details on the course and registration procedure, visit today.

Educational Conference

The American Society Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) will be hosting its annual Educational Conference on October 9-11, 2014 at New Orleans, Louisiana. Among the target participants are anesthesia technology professionals, technologists and technicians.

Register now! Visit for complete registration details.

Past Events:

Inland Chapter Meeting

The California Medical Instrumentation Association (CMIA) conducted its Inland Chapter Meeting last August 19, 2014 at the Kaiser Permanente Ontario Medical Center in Ontario, California. The conference featured a high-definition review of the Hemodialysis machine with David Carlson, technical trainer for Fresenius Medical Care North America, as the main presenter.

For more information about the past conference, check out

About the Author

Laura Collier

Laura Collier

Laura Collier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. She is the Marketing Manager at AIV, Inc.

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