IV air embolism alert

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Intravenous news: MEDICAL DEVICE ALERT MDA/2010/068 An incident has been reported where a patient suffered a stroke when an IV extension set, which had a vented cap attached to its Y-port, was connected to a central line. Manufacturers use vented caps to allow the ethylene oxide gas to penetrate and then exit the IV extension set during the sterilisation process. If these sets are put into use with the vented caps still in place, air can enter the line and pose a risk of air embolism and death.

Further information can be found at http://www.mhra.gov.uk/Publications/Safetywarnings/MedicalDeviceAlerts/CON093757?tabName=Device

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