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MHRA advises trusts to check vital signs monitors

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A patient vital signs monitor should be checked and removed from use if faulty, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has said.

Keys on some units have been found to have been activated on the the Delta and Gamma XXL monitors, manufactured by Draeger Medical, without anyone pressing the keys. There have also been delays between keys being operated and the machines responding.

The machines at risk were manufactured between March 2008 and May 2009. Users are advised to identify the date of their machine and check whether the keypad works. If not, it should not be used.

Not all monitors manufactured on the dates shown are affected, and all customers who could be affected have been notified by Draeger Medical, the company said.

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  • This is an unfortunatley worded article that will only cause unnecessary panic and waste your readers' time. As all your readers will understand, the MHRA is stating that if a medical device is not working they should not use it.
    All affected users have been informed by letter and the field corrective action is under way.

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