Information Update - Health Canada informs Canadians that change in daylight savings time may affect medical equipment



    OTTAWA, March 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Further to yesterday's posting on our Web
site, Health Canada is today providing additional safety information to inform
Canadians who rely on medical devices or systems with internal clocks that
they may not work properly if they have not been updated by manufacturers to
correspond with the new Daylight Savings Time.
    Daylight Savings Time (DST) will now start three weeks earlier and end
one week later than in previous years. This means that DST will begin on March
11, 2007 and end on November 4, 2007. Most medical equipment was made before
the recent DST change, and may use the incorrect dates for the start and end
of Daylight Savings Time.
    Any medical equipment problems related to the DST change are most likely
to occur on the following dates:

    - March 11 (New date for start of DST)
    - April 1 (Old date for start of DST)
    - October 28 (Old date for end of DST)
    - November 4 (New date for end of DST)

    The effect of the time change is unclear; but most devices would not be
affected. Examples of medical devices that could be affected by the DST change
include (but are not limited to): Implanted pacemakers/defibrillators with
sleep modes that can only be adjusted by physicians; holter monitors, used to
continuously record heartbeat; and glucose monitors that store data on glucose
levels. Though users of these devices may be inconvenienced by the need to
reset equipment timers, there is no safety risk to users of these devices.
    Those people who rely on or use medical devices with internal clocks
should contact the source of their device (equipment supplier, doctor or
device manufacturer) before March 11, 2007 for advice about their specific
situation. Further, before using medical equipment after 2:00 a.m. on Sunday,
April 1, 2007 (the old scheduled date of DST), users should make sure the
device displays the correct time. If the equipment displays the incorrect
time, users should tell the manufacturer about the problem at their earliest
convenience, and talk to their doctor. Finally, patients should check the time
displayed on their equipment on October 28, 2007, and on November 4, 2007, to
ensure that it is correct.

    For more information regarding the Daylight Savings Time Change, please
visit: http://inms-ienm.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/stories/dst_e.html. Consumers requiring
more information about this Information Update can contact Health Canada's
public enquiries line at (613) 957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Inquiries: Carole Saindon, Health Canada,
(613) 957-1588; Public Inquiries: (613) 957-2991, 1-866 225-0709


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