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Originator: National Patient Safety Alert - UKHSA

Issue date: 11-Nov-2021 09:34:12

This alert has been issued to:
  • Care Trusts
  • Mental Health Trusts
  • Specialists Trusts
  • Learning Disabilities Trusts
  • Mental Health & Social Care Trusts
  • Ambulance Trusts
  • Mental Health & Learning Disabilities Trusts
  • Acute Trusts
  • Community Trusts

  • Other contacts
  • Independent Healthcare Providers (registered with CAS)
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • NHS Regional Offices
  • Social Care Providers (registered with CAS)
  • Special Health Authorities
  • Territorial CMOs in Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales
  • Regional Directors of Public Health
  • Director of Public Health
  • GP - Locum
  • NHS 111 and Out of hours providers
  • GP Practices
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Primary Care Networks
  • GP Practices 1

Action category: Action

Title: The safe use of ultrasound gel to reduce infection risk

Broadcast content:

UKHSA has identified a long-standing outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia linked to a non-sterile ultrasound gel product used in hospitals in the UK and Ireland.

This alert contains urgent actions for healthcare providers (NHS and independent) of facilities providing ultrasound services and clinicians and practitioners using ultrasound gel in their practice to reduce risk to patients associated with the use of non-sterile ultrasound gel in healthcare settings.

Additional information: NHS England and NHS Improvement Regional Offices: please cascade this alert to Community Pharmacy.

Alert reference: NatPSA/2021/010/UKHSA

Action underway deadline: 15-Nov-2021

Action complete deadline: 31-Jan-2022


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