Latest requirement regarding button batteries

Button battery

Button Batteries are extremely dangerous if ingested – google link

Following a review of practices, there are now some new requirements for NHS providers which need to be implemented in 2020.  Battery compartments in devices housing a button battery will need to be secure.  Furthermore, NHS Provider protocols around the purchase and issue of these (secure) devices must be reviewed by 11 September 2020.

Secure battery compartment requirement

The new National Patient Safety Alert, ‘Risk of harm to babies and children from coin/button batteries in hearing aids and other hearing devices’ can be accessed via the following link

https://improvement.nhs.uk/news-alerts/risk-of-harm-to-babies-and-children-from-coin-button-batteries-in-hearing-aids/

The main changes are as follows:

Actions to be completed by 11/09/2020

Review audiology team guidance/protocols to ensure:

  1. for babies and children aged under five years; all hearing aids and other hearing devices, including temporary replacements or those previously issued, have secure battery compartments
  2. for older children and adults; consideration of the need for secure battery compartments for:
    1. those living with babies or children aged under five years
    2. those with additional risk factors* or living with someone with additional risk factors.*

It is not just for under 3’s; consideration is now given to 3-4-year olds and older children as well as adults with complex needs or cognitive impairment etc.  Consideration must also be given to those at risk in the child’s setting. (See * notes in the new NatSPA).

This has an implication for radio aids: when fitting ear-level radio aid receivers a locking mechanism will be required.

All implant processors offered by AIS have a battery locking capability.  If you are a patient, please get into the habit of using this function.