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These syringe drivers are commonly used in palliative care and other situations to provide continuous ambulatory infusion of medicines. 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. 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the clinical implications of this situation and thus does not currently require existing devices to be recalled or withdrawn from clinical use when alternates are not available provided the manufacturer’s instructions are carefully observed.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 of alternative devices on the Web Assisted Notification of Devices WAND database and by facilitating end-user group discussions. We would therefore encourage organisations to directly contact all their clinical teams and units to check if they have any old-style syringe drivers. Syrinhe report highlighted concerns about the ongoing availability and usage of certain models of Graseby syringe drivers, specifically the use of the older Graseby syringe drivers that worked by measuring millimetres of syringe length e.
It was was wonderful to see how much passion and dedication you all have for what you do, and the thought and care that goes sringe your work every day to improve the lives of those you provide for. 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.
Graseby MS 16A and MS 26 pumps led to the rapid infusion into the bloodstream of dangerous doses of drugs.
Your subscription will end shortly. 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.
These guidelines reflect international minimum requirements for the safety and effectiveness of medical devices. Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has instructed NHS trusts to remove hazardous syringe drivers from wards. Subscribe now and get unlimited digital access on web and our smartphone and tablet apps, free for your first month.
Discontinuation of supply of Graseby MS16A and MS26 syringe drivers
Gosport scandal: Jeremy Hunt orders hospitals to check for ‘dangerous’ Graseby syringe pumps
Spare parts and service for existing devices continue to be available through Smiths Medical at this time. Thank you for undertaking this mz check to ensure past safety advice has been fully implemented.
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Medsafe does not undertake comparative evaluation of medical devices, nor is it appropriate for Medsafe to endorse any specific device. Please contact NHS Improvement directly with any queries. Regulators in several countries, including Australia and the UK, grasehy 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.
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Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your subscription. Old-style Graseby syringe drivers e. Hospices should therefore have acted on the alert at the time. How to Join NCA? Please update your grasebg details here.
We would advise that if any of these types of syringe drivers are found to be in use they should be withdrawn as soon as possible; ensuring patient care is not compromised.