5 Jan 2011 07:34

SFDA issues warning for hemodialysis machines

Shanghai. January 5. INTERFAX-CHINA - China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued a safety warning for hemodialysis machines Jan. 4.

From 2002 to 2010, the regulator received 487 reports of adverse events involving hemodialysis systems. Of these, 313 concerned mechanical failures, and the remaining 174 involved adverse reactions in patients such as convulsions, numb hands and feet, nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure, heart palpitations and cardiac arrest.

Reports of adverse events related to hemodialysis systems have increased in number recently as the process has become more common in China, according to the SFDA.

The SFDA directed hospitals to provide staff with more training on the use and regular maintenance of hemodialysis machines.

- MS