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Nurses warned over painkiller valve leakage by MHRA

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The government’s medicines and health technology watchdog, the MHRA, has called for painkiller delivery extension sets often used by nurses to be returned the manufacturer because of the possibility of leakage.

A number of Sae-Flo MD Extension Set with Y-Connector devices, manufactured by Wescott Medical Limited, may leak, leading to patients receiving wrong painkiller dosages.

Reported incidence is one in every 400 sets, but the leakage appears to occur in clusters.

Any remaining stock of the affected product should be quarantined and set aside for return to Wescott, according to the urgent field safety notice issued by the MHRA.

The notice must be passed on immediately to those who use this product, including acute pain nurses, theatre recovery nurses and nursing directors.

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