This site is intended for health professionals only

Nurses urged to check their needles

Health professionals using steel cannula infusion sets manufactured by Unomedical are being asked to check them before and after use, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has warned today.

The needles are primarily used by patients with diabetes, Parkinson's disease and for the treatment of chronic pain, and are part of infusion sets used with an external pump.

The sets that are affected are SURE-T, SURE-T Paradigm, Contact Detach, Contact, Sub Q and Neria.

The infusion set should not be used if the needle is bent or has become damaged, as this could lead to leakage of the medication and in some cases may require surgical intervention to remove the needle.

Dr Neil McGuire, clinical director at the MHRA, said:  “This is a precautionary measure and the risk of the needle breaking is low. There are millions of these needles in use and we have had only a very small number of reports of them breaking.

“The manufacturer improved the design of the device over a year ago but we advise anyone who has had this problem or who is concerned to contact their specialist nurse or GP,” he said.