INCOMPATIBILITY between pre-filled syringes and needle-free connectors, disconnected Luer slip syringes, confusion over metric and imperial measurements, and personal computers and monitors being connected to medical devices are just a few of the errors putting patients lives at risk, a new report reveals.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has issued a warning after an increasing number of incidents that have resulted in injury or death because of products being used incorrectly or poor practices. The One Liners bulletin states: “All medical devices can fail, but an increasing number of incidents that result in significant morbidity or mortality arise out of user/device problems or because of poor practices. The aim of this news sheet is to detail briefly some of these problems in an attempt to make users more aware of what can go wrong. It is all too easy to take equipment for granted.”
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