Sterimar Isotonic nasal spray recalled by MHRA
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has recalled a nasal spray after it was found to be contaminated with bacteria.
Two batches of the Sterimar Isotonic nasal spray, which is most commonly used to alleviate the symptoms of colds and allergies, have been removed from sale in shops and pharmacies in the UK.
That’s after it was discovered that they contained certain types of bacteria which are commonly found in soil, water and hospitals.
Health experts are now warning that using the contaminated nasal spray could cause feverish symptoms, tenderness in the face and nose and unsightly discoloured mucus.
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However, they have said it is those with weakened immune systems and existing problems with their sinuses and nasal passages that are most at risk of being affected by the contaminated sprays, along with people who have recently undergone surgical procedures.
It has also been noted that the two types of bacteria that were identified in the nasal sprays - Pseudomonas stutzeri and Sphingomonas paucimobilis – rarely cause infections in humans.
The two batches affected by the recall are FE1248b and FE1249 and the batch numbers can be found on the base of individual cans and on their packaging.
It is suspected that over 3,000 cans of the Sterimar spray have been affected by Friday’s recall and although some are accounted for, there are still over 2,400 cans that need to be found.
Commenting on the recall, a spokesperson for Church & Dwight UK, the manufacturer of Sterimar Isotonic sprays, said: “As a company we constantly test our products.
“It does not mean there are risks but it means it is a level we are not comfortable to be in the market so we quarantine that.
“Unfortunately on this occasion it was mistakenly released onto the supply chain,” they added.
“If anyone has any unusual symptoms they should speak to their GP.
“But we do think the risk here is very low.”
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LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”