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NPSA warns paraffin-based products are fire risk

Paraffin-based skin products are a potential fire risk the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) has warned, following a reported death.

The NPSA has alerted healthcare staff involved in prescribing, dispensing and administration products including white soft paraffin, white soft paraffin plus 50% liquid paraffin or emulsifying ointment, which are easily ignited by naked flames or a cigarette.

Clothing, bandages, dressings and furnishings in contact with the paraffin products are also a fire risk.
The NPSA has recommended measures to avoid accidents (see box). The deadline for implementation is 26 February.

For information and supporting materials (posters, patient leaflets and videos) see

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