Changes to consumer crib standards that prohibit drop-side rail designs do not affect pediatric cribs used in hospitals for patient care, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA is clarifying the issue after receiving inquiries from hospitals on how the new consumer crib standards, announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission last December, affect hospital cribs.
The FDA, which regulates hospital cribs, has determined that cribs with movable and latchable side and end rails are necessary for patient care in hospital settings. In addition, the FDA review found that hospital cribs are made of more durable materials than consumer cribs and are used, maintained and monitored by professional staff who can address potential hazards before they cause harm.
Hospitals with questions about pediatric cribs should contact FDA's Division of Small Manufacturers, International and Consumer Assistance at DSMICA@FDA.HHS.GOV or (800) 638-2041.
[ via AHA News Now ]