Patient Safety Update: loose items during intubation and airway management

Patient Safety

The NHS recently announced a National Patient Safety Alert regarding foreign body aspiration during intubation, advanced airway management or ventilation (Reference no: NatPSA/2020/006/NHSPS).

The safety alert was in response to loose items, such as the backing of ECG/ECT electrodes becoming unintentionally introduced into the airway during advanced airway management or ventilation procedures.

It is therefore now a requirement for companies providing ECG/ECT electrodes to all hospital areas where intubation or advanced airway management occurs to make changes to their products as stipulated in the Patient Safety Alert.

Ambu Ltd, which supplies EEAST with ECG/ECT electrodes, are taking the necessary steps to address the required actions and will be adding patterned individual backings, where applicable, to our Single Use Electrode portfolio.
They are set to be compliant with the updated regulation before the deadline of 1st June 2021.

Clear backings will remain fully compliant with current regulations until the June 2021 deadline and clinicians are reminded to use their usual vigilance to ensure they do not block an airway inadvertently with a clear plastic backing to an ECG/ECT electrode.

This update and the National Patient Safety Alert NatPSA/2020/006/NHSP can be downloaded using the links below.

Published October 13th 2020

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