Opportunity to eliminate preventable harm: Industry must adopt a new safe button or coin cell battery technology that will not cause severe injury inside the body
A button or coin cell battery can cause life-threatening tissue injuries of the esophagus, trachea, or major vasculature. A safe button or coin cell battery should be clearly defined—it will not cause severe tissue injury when lodged in the body but will still adequately function to power electronic devices. Currently, no battery manufacturer sells a safe button or coin cell battery, nor has made the public commitment to produce them. As too many children have already been harmed and other children continue to remain at risk in their households, we strongly encourage all battery manufacturers to act immediately to bring a safe button or coin cell battery to the consumer marketplace. Widespread industry and consumer adoption of such technology will prevent children from severe injuries or death.
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Endorsed by AAO–HNS (American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery)
Endorsed by ASPO (American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology)
Endorsed by ABEA (American Bronchoesophagological Association)
Endorsed by NASPGHAN (North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition)