Hospitals withdraw surgical device over aluminium exposure fears

03 March 2019 – Guardian

Several hospitals have removed a commonly used surgical device over fears that it could expose patients to dangerous levels of aluminium.

The device, called enFlow, is used to warm fluids to body temperature before they are infused into patients during surgery. However, fluids passed through the device during tests were found to contain hundreds of times the recommended safe limit of aluminium.

The Royal Manchester children’s hospital and Salford Royal are understood to have suspended the use of the device last week. The device is understood to be used in many hospitals around the UK.

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