Industry information - COVID-19 | Association of Anaesthetists

Industry information - COVID-19

Industry information

This page gives you access to relevant information regarding what the medical industry are doing to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak.

MHRA alert

Wednesday 17 June 2020

The Philips HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator may fail to identify a fault and alert the user in the event of internal damage suffered during a drop or due to severe mechanical shock. Trusts are being informed by the usual routes. 

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How to get fast-track approval of medical devices during COVID-19.

Exemptions from Devices regulations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Useful resources and guidance during the Corona outbreak from Getinge

Find support and guidance on respiration, diagnostics, cleaning and more. Also available are useful options and solutions that may help you to treat patients. Software options can be unlocked for a limited time by your local Getinge representative.

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Dräger's Important Information during the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

On this dedicated page, Dräger answer some of their most frequently asked questions about COVID-19.

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GE Healthcare’s Important Information during the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

On this dedicated page, GE Healthcare answer some of their most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 in addition to providing training material.

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What are pharmaceutical companies doing to tackle COVID-19?

This hub, from the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, brings together examples of what pharmaceutical companies around the world are doing to tackle COVID-19. It’s updated regularly and sourced from EFPIA and their round-up of what companies are doing and the IFPMA and their hub of what companies are doing globally.

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MHRA alert - COVID-19: All haemofiltration systems including machines and accessories – serious risks if users don’t follow manufacturer instructions for set-up

Friday 10 April 2020

There have been reports of off-label modifications to haemofiltration systems when treating COVID-19 patients leading to serious injury and death.

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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.

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Important note on procurement of drugs or equipment

The below is a message from the Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group (SALG) on Monday 6 April 2020

"Please ensure that any drugs or equipment you use are procured through normal NHS channels. As an example, we have heard that veterinary practices are kindly offering drugs such as propofol. However, the makeup of their drugs can differ and include preservatives such as benzyl alcohol that could make the drug harmful to humans if used long-term.

"The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Keith Ridge, has been informed of this concern and we will keep you informed of any further developments."

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