Hepatitis B transmission in care homes linked to lancing devices

The MHRA has issued two medical device alerts on the use of lancing devices following concerns of hepatitis B transmission between patients.

The advice states that healthcare and care workers should check that the lancing device they are using is intended for multiple patient use. For blood glucose monitoring nursing home and care home staff must only use:
  • Disposable single-use lancing devices (these are used once and then the entire lancing device is discarded)
or
  • A non-disposable lancing device which is intended for use on multiple patients and is used with disposable single-use lancets
Full details can be found on the MHRA website.

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