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FDA Warns Hospitals About Hospira Pumps

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Maya Kammourieh2 years ago

MassDevice reports that the FDA has issued a warning to hospitals, informing them of the possible misuse of certain models of Hospira pumps.

Dangers of the Hospira Pumps

According to Billy Rios, a security researcher, hackers can manipulate these devices by uploading a new drug library into the devices.

Wired Magazine states that alters dosage limits and may ultimately lead to potentially deadly doss of anesthetic or pain drugs.

The FDA states that “An unauthorized user with malicious intent could access the pump remotely and modify the dosage it delivers, which could lead to over- or under-infusion of critical therapies”.

The FDA strongly advises hospitals to take drastic security measures by segregating the devices from the Internet and untrusted systems in order to reduce the risks of malicious behavior.

Information About the Models in Question

  • Hospira's LifeCare PCA3 and PCA5 infusion pumps.
  • These pumps help regulate dosages of drugs in order to prevent medication errors in patient-controlled analgesia.
  • According to Hospira, their pumps have three main objectives:
    • Promote safe delivery of drugs into the patient’s system.
    • Enhance workflow efficiency (wireless capabilities).
    • Secure delivery (locking system).


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