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MHRA alert - Anaesthetic machines: off-label use during the COVID-19 pandemic

MHRA alert - Anaesthetic machines: off-label use during the COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday 8 April 2020

All anaesthesia machines with ventilators - using the anaesthesia device in treatment of critical illness, outside its intended use is considered off-label use but may be essential due to ventilator availability.

The use of an anaesthesia machine as a (long-term) ventilator in a health care setting when it has only received regulatory clearance as an anaesthetic machine is considered as off-label use.

It is the responsibility of the clinicians/end user to make the decision to use a device off label, but the MHRA recognises it is essential in these times.

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