Monday, 02 July 2018

There has been considerable media interest recently regarding the findings of a panel of independent experts looking into deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

The findings highlighted the inappropriate use of syringe drivers i.e. confusion over the use of two different types of the same make of syringe driver. One delivers medication at an hourly rate (Graseby MSA 16a); the other(Graseby M26) delivers medication at a 24 hourly rate. The confusion over these two syringe drivers was cited as a contributory factor in patients receiving, by mistake, high doses of medication.

Until 2013, only the Graseby M26 syringe driver was used in our Inpatient Unit at Peace Hospice Care. Therefore, confusion over using different types of syringe driver would not have been possible. In line with the Medicines and Health Care Regulatory Agency (MHRA) requirements for infusion devices, the Graseby M26 and MSA16a syringe drivers became obsolete. Since 5th June, 2013, McKinley syringe drivers have been used at Peace Hospice Care.

Syringe drivers are safe but, like all equipment, staff need to be trained and deemed competent in their use. Before 2013, and since, nursing staff at Peace Hospice Care have been required to adhere to our stringent policies, processes and procedures regarding the use of syringe drivers, with regular formal training, to ensure they have the appropriate knowledge, skills and competencies to ensure efficient and safe practice in medicine management and the use of syringe drivers.

If patients or families have any concerns then please contact: Jackie Tritton, Director of Patient Services on 01923 330 330 or contact a member of the Senior Clinical Team.

For media enquiries, please contact Debbie Leven, Head of Communications and Marketing, on: 01923 330 330; dleven@peacehospicecare.org.uk