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Compliance News: Power Strips in Patient Care Areas

Le 18 July 2016, 11:48 dans Humeurs 0

Compliance News: Power Strips in Patient Care Areas

A subject that bears watching is the current concern about stand-alone usb power strip being used in General Patient Care Areas and Critical Patient Care Areas. ASHE/AHA Listserv users saw considerable traffic recently on this topic. The issue stems from a Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) document (Publication 100-07, Transmittal 27 dated August 17, 2007, entitled Revisions to Appendix PP – Guidance to Surveyors for Long Term Care Facilities) that includes the following excerpt: “Power strips may not be used as a substitute for adequate electrical outlets in a facility. Power strips may be used for a computer, monitor, and printer. Power strips are not designed to be used with medical devices in patient care areas.” Some hospitals are reporting that CMS hospital surveyors have used this LTC Facility guidance to cite them for using power strips (called “Relocatable Power Taps” in UL terminology) in General Patient Care Areas and Critical Patient Care Areas.

It appears that this issue arose because of Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL’s) concern that there are no listed power taps for patient care areas of health care facilities per UL product category “Relocatable Power Taps (XBYS).” UL stated in a March 1, 2008 posting on the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) website, “The use is restricted from these patient care areas because UL cannot control what is connected to the power taps which could result in leakage current that would be in excess of what is permitted for patient care areas of hospitals.” UL further stated that “UL does Classify complete system medical cart assemblies for use in hospitals under the product category “Medical Equipment (PIDF).” Those medical cart assemblies may contain a power tap as part of the tested assembly per UL 60601-1 Medical Electrical Equipment (previously UL 2601-1.) Interpreting UL’s statements, it appears that external equipment (that not already tested as part of the listing process) may not be plugged into the cart-mounted power strips.

Some hospitals are taking the risk assessment approach to this issue – that is recognizing that power strips, or relocatable power taps, are subject to failure just like any other device and therefore inventorying them and subjecting them to the same risk-based testing and maintenance regimens as outlets and medical devices.

Stay tuned to ASHE’s ongoing advocacy efforts – this subject is likely to continue to be part of those efforts due to its potential cost impact on America’s hospitals.

As always, regardless of the area in which such devices are used, facilities need to be aware of the total loading of devices plugged into them and ensure that the portable devices themselves, and the branch circuits that feed them, do not become overloaded. If power strips are presently being used, regardless of the area, high current-draw equipment should not be plugged into them.

The BRAVEN BRV-BANK is the portable power bank you always wanted (Accessory review)

Le 30 June 2016, 05:34 dans Humeurs 0

The BRAVEN BRV-BANK is the portable power bank you always wanted (Accessory review)

At CES 2016 this year I had the opportunity to spend a good amount of time with the team from BRAVEN. My impressions from my time with BRAVEN’s representatives completely validated what I see in BRAVEN’s products which is quality, pride, being different, and letting their impressive qualities speak for themselves.

Of all of the battery packs I have, which is too many, my main go to for CES 2016 was the BRAVEN BRV-BANK. Many of the other batteries I have are great, but I trust none more than I trust this portable battery from BRAVEN. It isn’t a new release, but it is a battery that is still sold for its durability, Bluetooth connectivity, and perfect size at 6000mAh.


The BRAVEN BRV-BANK is first and foremost an ultra-rugged battery. It comes with a rubberized body that keeps it protected from dirt, water, and shocks. It comes in two color options Black/Blue and Gray/Red.

To differentiate its battery from the thousands of other portable power banks, BRAVEN built a Bluetooth radio into the BRV-BANK so you can monitor the exact power levels from a free app from BRAVEN in the Google Play Store. The app is compatible with both Android tablets and smartphones and can control the power output from each of the two USB ports, while also allowing for you to control the included USB flashlight. You have the option to put the battery into “SOS mode” to flash the light or into “bear mode” which will trigger an audible alarm. If you lose your battery you can trigger the alarm from the app so you can locate it using sound.

BRAVEN also includes a well thought out micro usb cables that is protected by a braided sheath, and even has protective silicon covers for both ends of the cable. The included cable is well engineered and designed to live up to the ruggedness of the battery pack. There is no point in having a rugged battery without a cable to match.
BRAVEN designed and built the BRV-BANK for the active lifestyle. What’s clear is the engineers actually designed it for themselves because I know they are the outdoor types after meeting with them in Las Vegas.


When I removed the BRV-BANK from its packaging I instantly thought it was designed for the military or survivalists. It’s almost as if the CEO of BRAVEN gave the engineers carte blanche to let loose with the budget, and design the battery of their dreams. Giving engineers open access to the budget isn’t quite the best way to run a company, but give them the freedom to design the ideal product and they will.

The BRV-BANK is more than just a battery to BRAVEN. It’s BRAVEN’s ideals and values all packaged into a product. You can tell they take pride in every single detail, which is an absolute rarity these days since competition in the tech industry is so stiff.

Without a doubt, the BRAVEN BRV-BANK is the best built portable battery I have ever used. It’s not cheap with a retail price of $99, but for the price you get every penny’s worth. There are dozens of batteries you can get elsewhere with more power storage and more than 50% cheaper, but you will not get a better built battery than the BRAVEN BRV-BANK.

It comes with a 6000mAh battery that holds every bit of power that is advertised. While at CES, the BRV-BANK kept me fully charged throughout an entire day of being mobile. I kept my main phone fully charged while powering accessories in my backpack every single day at CES. Of all of the batteries I own, the BRV-BANK is the one I trust most to live up to the life on the go.

And it was great that I could check how much power was remaining using the free app provided by BRAVEN. I could check the exact percentage of power remaining which gave me confidence that I didn’t need to conserve power at any point away from a wall charger. And at night, I even used the USB flashlight a couple of times to help find my way.

While I could have chosen from a wide variety of batteries in my stash, I chose the BRAVEN BRV-BANK to keep me powered during the most important conference of the year.


The BRAVEN BRV-BANK is the Swiss Army Knife of portable batteries. It comes in a rugged case with features you will not find in any other battery. While it may not be for everyone at $99, you can’t go wrong with BRAVEN. You will get an ultra reliable battery with attention to every single detail – even in the included micro USB cable which is an afterthought to other companies.

I cannot reiterate how much BRAVEN’s commitment to quality shines through its products. They are the top 1% of mobile accessory manufacturers in the world.

6000mAh is more than enough power to get you through a full day of usage on your smartphone, and more than likely, it will get you through two to three full days of usage on your smartphone. You can take it with you on your daily commute, and you can also take it out on your next outdoor adventure. You do not have to worry if the BRV-BANK will ever break down because I can assure you that it will not.

iPhone 7 won't have the real innovation, you have to WAIT until 2017 - plus release date, price and specs rumours

Le 17 June 2016, 05:46 dans Humeurs 0

There's a concern in some quarters that the iPhone is running out of steam and that the iPhone 7 isn't going to be that different, from a design point of view, to the existing iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus. As we get closer to the rumoured launch in September, more and more credible leaks come out pointing out the exact same thing. Apparently, being too samey is something that Apple is worried about too, to the point that that it may be saving its big innovation for a release next year.

It would be such a big change that Apple would even forgo the usual 'S' naming convention and jump straight to the iPhone 8 in 2017. That phone is said to iphone cables have an edge-to-edge display, with the camera, TouchID sensor and everything else integrated directly into the display. That would truly be something that we hadn't seen before, completely changing the way that smartphone works and looks. It could even mean that the phones get smaller while retaining the same size screens that they have today.

So, how likely is this? Well, it's always very hard to tell with Apple. When rumours of the iPhone SE first surfaced, everyone thought that Apple would release a plastic phone with components lagging a generation behind the iPhone 6S. However, what we got was a full metal model with up-to-date components, dramatically beating expectations and turning out one of my favourite phones of the year.

But even with the level of surprise that Apple can deliver, it does seem unlikely that the iPhone 7 will be the huge leap forward that we want. And, with iPhone sales levelling off for the first time, Apple may well need to do something more dramatic in the near future, making the prospect of the iPhone 8 appearing in 2017 quite likely.
What you need to know, quickly
Need the information fast - here's everything you need in a quick, bite-sized digest. Obviously, everything here is based on unconfirmed rumours, so things can change quickly, but the below is, at least, a quick view of how things stand at this point in time.

What is it?
Apple's brand new smartphone, complete with a new design and the successor to 2015's iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus
When is it out?
If Apple sticks to its normal release schedule, and it tends to, then we should see it late September 2016
What's new?
The phones are likely to look very similar to the current model, but will have slightly bigger batteries, while a dual-lens camera looks set to appear on at least on model
In Detail

iPhone 7 release date
If there's been one reliable thing about Apple's iPhone launches, it's that they happen just once a year. Given that the iPhone 6S was launched in September 2015, a year after the iPhone 6, it doesn't take a genius to work out that the iPhone 7 will come in September 2016.

The headphone socket saga
Apple was absolutely definitely set to kill off the headphone jack and force us all to move to Lightning headphones (or use an adaptor). But, in the fast-paced world of apple phone cases
rumours, Apple may now have had an about turn, as it looks likely that the iPhone 7 will have a headphone jack after all. According to leaked component photos shown on, the new phone will have the headphone port. In many ways, this makes sense, as the iPhone 7 looks set to be similar in size to the iPhone 6S, rather than being super slim. In other words, space is not a constraint and, if you've got the room for a 3.5mm jack, why not fit one?

iPhone 7 component - headphone socket
There's a rumour that Apple will go wireless, with rumours that the company is now working on wireless AirPods. These Bluetooth powered headphones are said to be little bigger than the buds themselves. To me, if Apple is creating these, it feels as though they'll be an optional extra, as they would be too expensive to bundle.
When the iPhone 7 rumours started to appear, the one thing that seemed certain was that Apple was ready to introduce a brand new design. However, leaks have started to show that this most likely isn't the case. First, leaked photos, posted on, show the iPhone 7 case for the first time. The image, which you can see below, shows the iPhone 7's chassis for the first time. It's a shot of a design document, taken by pointing a camera at a monitor, so the detail isn't very clear; however, from this image, we can see that the new phone looks similar to the existing iPhone 6/6S, except there are no antenna lines on the back breaking up the design. Instead, a thin antenna strip at the bottom is all that's needed: that certainly makes the new phone look neater.

Image 12 of 13iPhone 7 first leaked image of the chassis
Intriguingly, there's not enough space for dual cameras, with only a single hole in the case. Look a little closer and you'll see that the camera hole is considerably larger than on previous iPhone models. This seems to make it clear that we are getting a camera upgrade of sorts: perhaps a larger lens and sensor are in the works.

There's a secondary option, though, which is that Apple will have a THIRD model, called the iPhone 7 Pro. This model will have a dual-lens camera. We've even seen pictures of what the phone might look like, posted on Makotakara. Interestingly, the images seem to show that new model will also have the iPad Pro's Smart Connector, too, which raises the potential that the phone will be able to connect to, as yet unveiled peripherals.

Image 13 of 13iPhone 7 leaked photo with Smart Connector
It looks as though we're going to be stuck with LCD displays with the same size and resolution as today. That's a 4.7in model with a resolution of 1,334x720 and a 5.5in model with a resolution of 1,920x1,080. Now, the resolution doesn't bother me and the iPhone doesn't need more resolution: the displays really are sharp enough. However, a move to OLED would improve quality and help battery life.

Sadly, the iPhone 7 will definitely not get OLED. We're too far along and the supply chain has already kicked into gear in order to manufacture enough models for the September release date. But, we most likely won't have to wait until 2018 and the iPhone 8 for OLED, as Apple has apparently boosted its OLED plans and wants to release an iPhone (most likely the iPhone 7S) with an OLED display in 2017. According to Apple Insider, Apple is way ahead of schedule and the improved display technology should be with us a lot sooner than we expected.

Bigger battery incoming
One of the minor issues that Expert Reviews had with the iPhone 6S was that it had a smaller battery than the iPhone 6, which meant that it lasted less time from a single charge in our tests. Well, Apple has clearly taken complaints from users to heart and for the iPhone 7 it's upping the battery size. Leaked shots were featured on MacRumours allegedly show the new battery for the iPhone 7. You can clearly see in the image below that the battery is a 7.04watt-hour model, which is up from the 6.61watt-hour model on the iPhone 6S and similar to the 7.01watt-hour battery on the iPhone 6.

Given that the iPhone 7 is said to be Apple's thinnest phone yet, how has it found more room inside the case? Well, there's certainly some room saved by ditching the headphone socket and using the Lightning adaptor only. On top of that, continued miniaturisation of components, such as the processor, will leave more room inside the case. Finally, there's a good chance that Apple will have worked out how to save room with its 3D Touch components, too. It's hard to say what this will do for battery life: I'd expect at least the same as from the iPhone 6 (around 13hours in our video playback test), but you may see better performance due to a more efficient processor and OS.

iPhone 7 leaked battery
Dual-lens cameras are said to be coming to the phones, although whether it's all models or just the high-end 'Pro', we don't know. We've got an idea of what to expect, thanks to information from LinX, which Apple bought for $20m, according to the Wall Street Journal. This startup has been developing sensors that it says will bring SLR-like quality to smartphones. It has developed sensor arrays that use multiple sensors, alongside bespoke optics and image processing, to improve image quality.

Using multiple sensors means that LinX sensors can measure depth, which can help speed up auto-focus or simply let you focus the shot after you've taken it, as we've seen before with HTC's Duo camera. It's also possible for the cameras to phone holders scan objects in 3D and give accurate measurements for objects, too. We've seen similar technology inside the Dell Venue 8 7840 tablet, although it's measurement capabilities were a bit hit and miss.

LinX sensors also use a new clear pixel channel design, which the company says reduces crosstalk and helps reduce noise, all in a smaller package. The net result is a smaller camera that's smarter and produces cleaner and more detailed images: just the thing that Apple requires. For more information on the LinX technology, you can read this Scribd presentation.

LinX sensors
It's hard to say so far in advance how much Apple will charge for the iPhone 7, but the company does tend to keep its prices stable. If we were to guess then, we'd say the entry level version (16GB at the moment, by possibly 32GB by the time the phone is released) will cost £539; the 64GB version will cost £619 and phone screen protector the 128GB version £699. Assuming there's an iPhone 7 Plus, expect the prices to be £619, £699 and £789 respectively.

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