The Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency have issued the following medical device alert.
All T34 ambulatory syringe pumps are at risk of unintended pump shutdowns and a subsequent delay in providing treatment.
Manufactured by Caesarea Medical Electronics (CME) Ltd – a variation in battery size can cause problems with connections in the battery housing.
The manufacturer has identified that there can be a +/- 2mm overall size difference between battery brands used with CME’s T34 ambulatory syringe pumps. This could result in battery movement within the battery housing leading to a possible loss of connection. This may result in the pump shutting down.
Advise for healthcare staff who use the pump:
- Identify all affected pumps.
- Before using the pump, check that the batteries have an adequate connection within the battery housing.
- You must also check the connections after each battery change.
- If you find problems with the battery connections, contact your local or hospital servicing department, or CME UK, to arrange for them to adjust the battery housing connection.
You can view the official alert here.