Please be aware of a recent fire at a health service involving a mobile medical record computer that was powered by two lithium batteries. One of the batteries was the cause of the fire.
Actions for health services
Following this event, please:
- Complete checks of all lithium batteries to identify any aberrant units.
- Seek advice from your lithium battery supplier/suppliers where required to ensure safe handling, usage and charging practices are up to date.
- Brief all staff who handle the units on these practices.
Any energy storage device carries a safety risk and battery makers are obligated to meet safety requirements. Quality lithium batteries are safe if used as intended.
The following images demonstrate a complete unit and battery chargers.
Image 1: complete unit
Image 2: battery chargers
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Please note: this alert was distributed on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services.