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GRASEBY MS16A SYRINGE DRIVER

The drug pumps were used up until despite warnings over the risk of fatalities going back to the s. In , the National Patient Safety Agency recommended that all Graseby syringe drivers should be withdrawn by , however it stopped short of a mandatory recall. A damning report released this week said more than people had their lives shortened after being prescribed powerful painkillers at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. Medsafe recognises the clinical implications of this situation and thus does not currently require existing devices to be recalled or withdrawn from clinical use when alternates are not available provided the manufacturer’s instructions are carefully observed. The problems stemmed from staff confusing two different types of syringes, the Grasebys, one of which pumped drugs over 24 hours and another which administered them over one hour. A hazard notice issued by the Scottish NHS in warned of the risk of death from incorrect rate setting due to confusion between the two models. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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These guidelines reflect international minimum requirements for the safety and effectiveness of medical devices.

In the late s, Australia and New Zealand had programmes to remove the MS devices from use, although there was no similar central initiative in the UK. Medsafe does not undertake comparative evaluation of medical devices, nor is it appropriate for Medsafe to endorse any specific device. Thousands of elderly NHS patients could have died prematurely due to drugs being administered by automatic syringes, a whistleblower has warned.

Got a story for Metro. The whistleblower on the government inquiry into hundreds of deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Hampshire, told the Sunday Times the potential size of the scandal.

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The problems stemmed from staff confusing two different types of syringes, the Grasebys, one of which pumped drugs over 24 hours and another which administered them ssyringe one hour. Share this article via facebook Share this article via twitter Share this article via messenger Share this with Share this article via email Share this article via flipboard Copy link.

Regulators in several countries, including Australia and the UK, have previously issued safety alerts in relation to the Graseby MS-Series Syringe Driver and these have related to possibilities of over-infusion, tampering with the device and confusion between the different models of Graseby device.

A damning report released this week said more than people had their lives shortened after being prescribed powerful painkillers at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. Share this article via facebook Share this article via twitter.

The drug pumps were used up until despite warnings over the risk of fatalities going back to the s. Spare parts and service for existing devices continue to be available through Smiths Medical at this time. This document briefs you on the situation, the reasons for Medsafe’s action and the action that will need to be taken by users of these devices.

Doctors had raised concerns over the Graseby MS26 and Graseby MS16A after cases emerged of the devices, known as drivers, causing dangerous over-infusion of drugs.

Graseby MS16A Syringe Pump

Users should consider how best to phase the use of these devices out and consider which device or devices may be used as a satisfactory replacement. A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman syribge Medsafe has commenced consultation with healthcare professionals and stakeholder groups to determine a process and timeline for the removal of all existing Graseby MS-series devices from clinical use.

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Medsafe recognises the clinical implications of this situation and thus does not currently require existing devices to be recalled or withdrawn from clinical use when alternates are not available provided the manufacturer’s instructions are carefully observed. However Medsafe can assist users by providing information about the notification status ms1a6 alternative devices on the Web Assisted Notification of Devices WAND database and by facilitating end-user group discussions.

Medsafe: New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. These syringe drivers are commonly used in palliative care and other situations to provide ms61a ambulatory infusion of medicines. Inthe National Patient Safety Agency recommended that all Graseby syringe drivers should be withdrawn byhowever it stopped short of a mandatory recall. A hazard notice issued by the Scottish NHS in warned of the risk of death from incorrect rate setting due to confusion between the two models.

Although available for some time it has become apparent that the safety features of the Graseby MS-Series devices have not been upgraded to comply with current minimum standards as recommended by internationally respected regulators. If you js16a a story for our news team, email us at webnews metro. Medsafe also recognises the on-going risks associated with these devices and therefore advises users to give immediate consideration to sourcing alternative equipment which meets the “Essential Principles” for safety and efficacy.