Patient safety alert on non-Luer spinal (intrathecal) devices for chemotherapy

Source:  NHS England

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Date of publication:  February 2014

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell: An NHS England patient safety alert to all hospitals in England administering spinal (intrathecal) chemotherapy has been issued to minimise the risk of wrong route administration. Connection with intravenous devices is not permitted, so the alert instructs hospitals to only use syringes and needles, and other devices, with non-Luer connectors when delivering this type of chemotherapy. No incidents of this kind have been reported in England since 2001, but they have happened in Europe and worldwide.

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