Total intravenous anaesthesia sets (TIVA) – risk of leakage during use
Manufactured by Global Components Medical Ltd – if propofol leaks from the check valve Luer lock connector patients could become aware during surgery (MDA/2016/021)
The manufacturer is due to release updated instructions for use to include recommendations for handling the Luer lock connectors in the anaesthesia set.
Whilst waiting for this advice, please ensure that you:
- identify whether you have stocks of any of the product codes listed below
- use alternative devices if possible.
If no alternatives are available:
- contact the manufacturer to obtain advice on tightening the Luer connector in the anaesthesia set
- be vigilant over possible leakages, particularly after more than one use e.g. after multiple syringe changes.
All medical and nursing staff.
Deadlines for actions
Actions underway: 10 November 2016
Actions complete: 24 November 2016
|GCM-1003||10 METRE TIVA MRI SET|
|GCM-223||3 WAY TIVA SET 2.2 METRE|
|GCM-223B||3 WAY MULTIPLE INFUSION TIVA SET 2.2 METRE BASIC|
|GCM-253||3 WAY TIVA SET 2.5 METRE|
|GCM-253B||3 WAY MULTIPLE INFUSION TIVA SET 2.5 METRE BASIC|
|GCM-303B||3 WAY MULTIPLE INFUSION TIVA SET 3.0 METRE BASIC|
|GCM-304||4 WAY TIVA SET 4.0 METRE|
|GCM-SPCA||SEDATION PCA SET 2.2 METRE|
Global Components Medical Ltd
Tel: 01276 679394
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