Hospitals withdraw surgical device over aluminium exposure fears

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The Guardian

March 3, 2019

Several UK hospitals have withdrawn a common surgical device, used to warm fluids to body temperature during surgeries, over fears that it could cause dangerous levels of aluminium exposure in patients. The team found that when an electrolyte fluid was passed through the element, the level of aluminum rose to 7,000 micrograms per liter, hundreds of times the FDA’s limit.

The Royal Manchester children’s hospital and Salford Royal are understood to have suspended the use of the device last week after concerns that premature babies and young children could be at risk of neurological damage if exposed to such high levels of the metal.

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