COVID-19 Safety Alerts

Date Issued by Link Description
01/09/2020 NHS England Please click here

National Patient Safety Alert

Foreign body aspiration during intubation advanced airway management or ventilation

27/04/2020 NHS Report via email

Potential Hazard

There has been a report of what appears to be packaged new PPE white coveralls supplied to an ITU, which when opened showed signs of previous use. The coverall appeared to be blood stained and another smelt of cigarette smoke.

Please report any further occurrences to NHS Supply Chain and to, together with a photograph of the product, package details and supplier information, so that the incident can be investigated and products recalled. 

17/04/2020 Please click here Guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19
14/04/2020 MHRA Please click here

MHRA alert

There have been reports of serious harm to patients following modifications to CRRT circuits during the COVID pandemic.

09/04/2020 Please click here The hazards and difficulties of using anaesthetic machines as ventilators are highlighted in a government alert. The link is below. This includes links to some manufacturers.
02/04/2020 NHS Please click here

National Patient Safety Alert

‘Blood control safety cannula and needle thoracostomy for tension pneumothorax’, has been issued by the NHS England and NHS Improvement national patient safety team. 

31/03/2020 CAS Please click here

Central Alerting System Alert

Use of high flow Oxygen therapy devices (including wall CPAP and high flow face mask or nasal oxygen) during the Coronavirus epidemic.


Coronavirus yellow card reporting site

The MHRA has launched a new dedicated reporting site for any suspected adverse drug reactions or side effects from medicines and adverse incidents involving medical equipment relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) treatment.

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