Problems during infusions

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6989.1271 (Published 13 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1271

Severe electrical shock occurred during use of Welmed P1000 syringe pump

  1. P Ford,
  2. D Wood
  1. Consultant anaesthetist Chief medical electronics officer Intensive Care Unit, Wigan Trust Hospitals, Wigan WN1 2NN

    EDITOR,—The Welmed P1000 syringe pump is the earliest of 15 pumps purchased between 1990 and 1993 in our intensive care unit. It is powered by both a back up battery and the mains; when static it is powered by the mains to charge the back up battery.

    A male nurse who was supervising a ventilated patient grasped this pump at either end between both hands. It was attached in series with four others to a drip stand. He received an immobilising …

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