Manufactured by B. Braun Avitum AG – Malfunction of the temperature sensor can result in temperature of the dialysis fluid to be more than ±1°C outside the programmed values, which can lead to inadequate treatment.
All staff responsible for using and maintaining haemodialysis equipment.
Deadlines for actions
Actions underway: 18 September 2019
Actions complete: 26 June 2020
It has been identified that if the temperature sensor at the dialyser inlet (TDSE) experiences a malfunction, the Dialog+ machine may try to incorrectly heat or cool the dialysis fluid anywhere between 33 and 41°C.
The machine will continue to operate but will not alarm to indicate that the temperature of the dialysis fluid is ±1˚C outside its prescribed value. Implementing the service kit SW9.1B will resolve this issue.
If the temperature of the dialysis fluid falls below 33°C or exceeds 41°C at the temperature sensor in the machine, treatment will stop and the machine will alarm.
This issue affects all Dialog+ machines with software versions 9.xx (excluding software 9.18, 9.1A, 9.1B). The current software version of your machines can be identified from the start screen in the lower right corner, after you switch on the machine.
The dialysis fluid temperature can be accessed via a service screen for comprehensive review by a trained service technician.
Product Complaints – B. Braun Medical UK
Tel: 0114 2259155
Business Manager – B. Braun Avitum UK
Tel: 0114 2259000
B. Braun Avitum UK will contact customers directly to provide additional information.
If you are responsible for cascading these alerts in your organisation, these are our suggested distribution lists.
Trusts (NHS boards in Scotland)
CAS and NICAS liaison officers for onward distribution to all relevant staff including:
- Adult intensive care units
- Biomedical engineering staff
- EBME departments
- Haemodialysis nurses
- Haemodialysis units
- Health and safety managers
- Hospital at home units
- In-house maintenance staff
- Medical directors
- Nursing executive directors
- Paediatric intensive care units
- Renal medicine departments
- Renal medicine, directors of
- Risk managers
- Staff supporting patients receiving haemodialysis at home
Establishments registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) (England only)
- Hospitals in the independent sector
- Independent treatment centres
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Send enquiries about this notice to MHRA, quoting reference number MDA/2019/024 or 2019/003/004/401/005.
Roopa Prabhakar or Eliz Mustafa, MHRA
Tel: 020 3080 6000
Devices Clinical Team, MHRA
Tel: 020 3080 7274
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Northern Ireland Adverse Incident Centre (NIAIC), CMO Group, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
Tel: 028 9052 3868
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Incident Reporting and Investigation Centre (IRIC), Health Facilities Scotland, NHS National Services Scotland
Tel: 0131 275 7575
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Population Healthcare Division, Welsh Government
Tel: 03000 250986 / 03000 255510
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