Recalled Cell Phone is Banned from Union Hospital

Starting immediately, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cell phones are banned from Union Hospital in Dover. This model of cell phone has been recalled by Samsung due to the possibility of the lithium-ion battery overheating and catching fire. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned the phones from airplanes and Carey Gardner, the hospital’s director of community relations, says the American Hospital Association (AHA) has urged its members to review their policies on the phones.

“Samsung has received reports of batteries in these phones overheating, causing burns and property damage,” Gardner said. “Both the FAA and the AHA say these phones pose an increased risk of fire hazards. The hospital’s Safety Committee made the recommendation and Administration has adopted the policy to ban these phones from the building.”

Gardner says the restriction on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cell phone applies to anybody entering the hospital, including patients, visitors, and hospital employees.

“We will be posting signs at the hospital entrances, in the visitor elevators, and on the hospital web site advising owners of these phones to leave them at home or in their cars and not bring them into the hospital,” Gardner said.

Gardner said hospitals work diligently to minimize the chance of fire. “Although the manufacturer says only a fraction of the 2 million devices sold are impacted by the battery defect, this phone does have the potential to increase the risk of fire.”

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