Medical Device Alerts (MDAs) were introduced on 1 January 2003, to replace the previous types of safety warnings (Hazard notice, Safety notice, Device alert, Advice notice and Pacemaker technical note) which can be found under Publications > Safety warnings.
MDAs are distributed to the NHS in England via the Department of Health's Central Alerting System (CAS). MDAs remain valid unless they are updated or withdrawn. They are reviewed once they are five years old (and subsequently every year) and the lists on this website are amended accordingly.
Latest Medical Device Alerts
18 Dec 2014 | Medical device alert: IW900-series infant warmers - Risk of serious injury to the infant in the warmer
(Fisher and Paykel Healthcare) Heater head may partially detach due to manufacturing fault where the nut securing the heater head may break. (MDA/2014/048)
17 Dec 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Autopen insulin pen injection devices manufacturerd by Owen Mumford Ltd (MDA/2014/047)
This medical device alert has been issued due to the risk of hyperglycaemia, which could lead to immediate and long-term deterioration of health.
This medical device alert has been issued due to counterfeit ultrasound transducers having been supplied to 2 hospitals.
05 Dec 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Central Venous Catheters: Multicath Expert 5 Lumen (9.5FG/16cm) manufactured by Vygon (MDA/2014/045R)
This MDA has been reissued to amend the national supply code for England on page 2.
02 Dec 2014 | Medical Device Alerts - monthly lists and yearly reviews
A month-by-month list of MDAs that we have issued in 2014, and lists of archived MDAs.
26 Nov 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Mains power lead used with Omnifuse syringe pumps (all models).Part number 0151-0651. Manufactured by Smiths Medical International Ltd. (MDA/2014/044)
This medical device alert is being issued due to the risk of interruption or delay in therapy due to incorrect design of the mains lead supplied by Smiths Medical.
25 Nov 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Gel-E Donut and Squishon 2 neonatal and paediatric support devices manufactured by Philips Healthcare (Children’s Medical Ventures) (MDA/2014/043)
This MDA has been issued due to the risk of infection, breathing difficulties and allergic reactions.
03 Nov 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Hudson RCI© nebulizer adaptors and Aquapak sterile water with nebulizer adaptors manufactured by Teleflex Medical (MDA/2014/042)
This MDA has been issued due to the risk of the packaging of these devices not being sealed properly.
21 Oct 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Babytherm infant warmers and open infant care units for newborns manufactured by Draeger Medical (MDA/2014/041)
This MDA has been issued due to a risk of baby falling out of the device.
09 Oct 2014 | Medical Device Alert: LIFEPAK® 1000 defibrillator manufactured by Physio-Control (MDA/2014/040)
This Medical Device Alert is being issued as there is a risk of failure to deliver a shock.