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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Requirements for Collection of Data Relating to the Prevention of Medical Gas Mix-ups at Health Care Facilities-Survey

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that a proposed collection of information has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES:

Fax written comments on the collection of information by September 2, 2008.

ADDRESSES:

To ensure that comments on the information collection are received, OMB recommends that written comments be faxed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: FDA Desk Officer, FAX: 202-395-6974, or e-mailed to baguilar@omb.eop.gov. All comments should be identified with the OMB control number 0910-0548. Also include the FDA docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Elizabeth Berbakos, Office of Information Management (HFA-710), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-796-3792.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

In compliance with 44 U.S.C. 3507, FDA has submitted the following proposed collection of information to OMB for review and clearance.

Requirements for Collection of Data Relating to the Prevention of Medical Gas Mix-ups at Health Care Facilities-Survey—(OMB Control Number 0910-0548)—Extension

On March 7, 2008 (73 FR 12452) and July 1, 2008 (73 FR 37465) respectively, FDA published a 60-day and 30-day notice stating that it had received 4 reports of medical gas mix-ups occurring during the past 9 years which involved 7 deaths and 15 injuries to patients who were thought to be receiving medical grade oxygen, but who were actually receiving a different gas (e.g., nitrogen, argon) that had been mistakenly connected to the facility's oxygen supply system. These reported incidents actually occurred between 1998 and 2000 which, at the time, prompted the FDA in 2001 to publish guidance making recommendations to help hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities avoid the tragedies that result from medical gas mix-ups and alerting these facilities to the hazards. This survey is intended to assess the degree of facilities' compliance with safety measures to prevent mix-ups, to determine if further steps are warranted to ensure the safety of patients.

In the Federal Register of March 7, 2008 (73 FR 12452), FDA published a 60-day notice requesting public comment on the information collection provisions. No comments were received.

Table 1—Estimated Annual Reporting Burden1

21 CFR sectionNo. of respondentsAnnual frequency per responseTotal annual responsesHours per responseTotal hours
210 and 2112851285.2571.25
Total2851285.2571.25
1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
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Dated: July 25, 2008.

Jeffrey Shuren,

Associate Commissioner for Policy and Planning.

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[FR Doc. E8-17566 Filed 7-30-08; 8:45 am]

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