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Originator: MHRA Medical Device Alerts

Issue date: 08-Apr-2020 16:30:09

Action by recipients:
  • Care Trusts
  • Mental Health Trusts
  • Specialists Trusts
  • Learning Disabilities Trusts
  • Mental Health & Social Care Trusts
  • Ambulance Trusts
  • Mental Health & Learning Disabilities
  • Acute Trusts
  • Community Trusts

Information to recipients:
  • Other contacts
  • Independent Healthcare Providers (registered with CAS)
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • NHS Foundation Trusts (England) - Medical Director
  • NHS Foundation Trusts (England) - Chief Executive
  • Special Health Authorities
  • NHS Trusts (England) - Medical Director
  • CMO Urgent Messages - Non-NHS Recipients on Public Health Link
  • Territorial CMOs in Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales
  • Regional Directors of Public Health
  • CMO Urgent Messages - Recipients on Public Health Link
  • Director of Public Health
  • NHS Trusts (England) - Chief Executive

Action category: Immediate Action

Title: Anaesthetic machines: off-label use during the COVID-19 pandemic

Broadcast content: 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.

Given the links to covid-19 we have sent this alert to a broader mailing list than would usually receive a Medical Device Alert of this type. 

Please note that no response is required via the CAS website to this alert.

Additional information: This alert is not relevant to primary care.

Alert reference: MDA/2020/012


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