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MHRA warning over syringes used in ophthalmic surgery

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Theatre nurses should check the plungers on MembraneBlue 0.5ml syringes, manufactured by DORC International BV, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has warned.

The syringes are used to deliver a staining solution during ophthalmic surgery, but the plungers on some devices can stick to the barrel of the syringe, leading to the use of excessive force during injection of the solution.

This could cause a sudden jet of liquid to be forced from the syringe, resulting in serious damage to a patient’s retina, the agency has warned.

Nurses should make sure that the plungers on the syringes move smoothly before use, they added.

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