In the December 2016 Monthly Briefing, the Board issued a recommendation that no patients, hyperbaric team members, other hospital personal, medical staff members (including cleaning personnel) and visitors be permitted to bring the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 into the hyperbaric facility, including patient change areas.
In January 2017, Samsung said that it had successfully recalled more than 96% of all Note7 devices in the U.S. since this order went into effect, and U.S. wireless providers have pushed out firmware created by Samsung that prevents batteries on the remaining devices from charging.
The Board recommends, therefore, that you contact your hospital’s safety officer to find out if specific policies regarding the Samsung devices have been updated and determine if the previously provided Warning Poster remains necessary.
Dick Clarke, President
National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology
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Updated August 10, 2017