Coronavirus (COVID-19) National lockdown: stay at home Alerts and recalls for drugs and medical devices Patient hoists and slings - ensure you follow manufacturer's instructions for use and that you carry out risk assessments (All) MHRA continues to receive adverse incident reports of patient hoists and slings used in hospitals and the community that have resulted in serious patient injury or fatalities. (MDA/2007/031) Action deadlines for the Safety Alert Broadcast System (SABS) Deadline (action underway): 29 June 2007, Deadline (action complete): 31 August 2007 Falls due to the poor compatibility of slings and hoists, inappropriate laundering of slings and inadequate maintenance of patient hoists used in hospitals and the community. Hoists and slings are used to transfer patients and this is usually achieved very successfully. However, the MHRA continues to receive adverse incident reports involving patient hoists and slings used in hospitals and the community. Some of these incidents have resulted in serious patient injury or fatalities. Whilst being hoisted a patient fell to the floor through an aperture in the patient sling. This aperture resulted from an incompatibility of the sling and the spreader bar. Also, the sling was an inappropriate size for the patient’s weight and body size Carers have received electric shocks from contact with damaged leads and connectors when recharging hoist batteries. This damage should have been detected on visual inspection before use or during maintenance Slings being laundered/washed by methods not in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions have produced weaknesses in the slings and their mounting systems, leading to subsequent failure in use Single-use slings were laundered with reusable slings. Single-use slings are not manufactured to be laundered and reused. Patients being lifted in these slings could be put at increased risk A LOLER inspection revealed a hoist electric actuator had exceeded its manufacturer’s cyclic design life. The hoist was kept in service following the inspection without the actuator being changed, which subsequently failed in use. This Alert replaces earlier notices SN9829 (July 1998) and SN1999 (29) (September 1999), which are now withdrawn. All hoists and slings are used and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions All sling and hoist combinations are compatible and appropriate for the patient and that risk assessments are repeated if the equipment combination or the patient’s condition changes All hoists and slings are visually inspected before use and are removed from service if defects are found All slings are cleaned in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions All hoists and slings are inspected by a competent person every six months as outlined in the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) All those involved in the supply, maintenance or use of these devices, in particular nurses, care staff, laundry staff and maintenance staff or contractors. Please bring this notice to the attention of all who need to know or be aware of it. This may include distribution by: SABS liaison officers for onward distribution to all relevant staff including:https://www.gov.uk/drug-device-alerts/medical-device-alert-patient-hoists-and-slings-ensure-you-follow-manufacturer-s-instructions-for-use-and-that-you-carry-out-risk-assessments
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By contrast, much of the construction industry remained open at the time, prompting the kind of negative sentiments expressed in the CN survey outlined above. However, after Johnson’s comments in May, proactive visit here inspections of construction sites and other workplaces restarted. Despite that resumption, there has still been a distinct lack of public engagement from the HSE over the past year, according to British Safety Council chairman Lawrence Waterman, who led on construction health and safety for the 2012 Olympics and is now a consultant at Park Health & Safety Partnership. He calls the situation “astounding”. “This is the biggest health crisis in my lifetime, worse than asbestos. Construction workers are ticking almost all of the at-risk boxes […] and the HSE is invisible; I’m amazed.” Waterman adds that the grim daily tallies of deaths and hospitalisations tell their own story: “What the government has been doing, including what HSE has been doing, is not yet good enough.” Clancy’s claim that the prime minister’s comments are what drove a sudden wave of activity at the organisation is further supported by a letter, seen by CN, that was sent to more than 200 former HSE inspectors a few weeks after Johnson’s announcement, in July. It asked them to consider returning to work for the regulator, via an agency, until the end of the financial year. In the letter, HSE director of regulation Philip White wrote: “You may be aware that, on 11 May, the prime minister announced in the House of Commons that HSE would be carrying out ‘spot checks’ to ensure worker safety and build public confidence. “The pressure to deliver ‘COVID-secure’ regulatory work is enormous. This pressure is not only from ministers and MPs but key stakeholders including the HSE board and trades unions. We have seen a huge increase in […] official correspondence and media queries asking questions on visit numbers and enforcement. “Delivery of spot checks started immediately following the [prime minister’s] announcement and visiting staff now inspect for COVID compliance at all sites they attend, regardless of the reason for the visit. A call-centre operation to deliver thousands of telephone-based COVID checks of businesses has also been initiated.” Despite the appeal, which went to 208 trained and experienced former inspectors, just 10 opted to take on the work, failing to deliver a meaningful boost to the watchdog’s capacity. Over the summer, the HSE sought to make good on the prime minister’s promise to ensure COVID-secure workplaces. An HSE spokesperson told CN it was “now HSE’s top priority” and it spent a substantial chunk of its £14m extra funding on a new call-centre operation to handle reports of COVID breaches and to phone businesses to ask about compliance. Statistics released in August revealed its “new way of working”. The organisation carried out more than five times as many telephone checks as it did physical inspections of workplaces, with 12,000 inquiries from its call centre compared with 2,500 in-person visits. “With his infamous remarks about spot checks, the prime minister betrayed what a member of the public might reasonably think an HSE inspector does” The 1,059 inspectors working for the HSE now balance COVID compliance on top of their other activities, with every site visited for any reason firstly checked for COVID measures prior to other risks. Despite the prevalence of phone checks, the HSE also appears to believe that boots-on-the-ground inspections are still needed. In December, five months after its underwhelming attempt to rehire former inspectors, two private debt-collection companies – Engage (Marston Holdings) and CDER – were awarded contracts worth a combined £7m to carry out spot checks on behalf of the organisation.https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/health-and-safety/the-hse-in-the-pandemic-astoundingly-invisible-or-making-a-difference-26-01-2021/