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MHRA alert: T34 syringe pumps
The manufacturer, CME Medical, has identified that there can be a ±2 mm overall size difference between battery brands used within their T34 ambulatory syringe pumps. This could result in battery movement, loss of connection and pump shut down. The UK MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) have stated that before use and after each battery change, health professionals should check that the batteries have adequate connection and that technical staff responsible for servicing …
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