Hospitals withdraw surgical device over aluminium exposure fears
High concentrations of the metal were detected in fluids passed through enFlow system
Several hospitals have withdrawn a widely used surgical device over fears that it could expose patients to dangerous levels of aluminium, the Guardian has learned.
The device, called enFlow, is used to warm fluids to body temperature before they are infused into patients during surgery. But fluids passed through the device during tests were found to contain hundreds of times the recommended safe limit of aluminium.