Smoking or a naked flame could cause patients’ dressings or clothing to catch fire when being treated with paraffin-based emollient that is in contact with the dressing or clothing. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) provided this update for healthcare professionals.
- Advise patients not to: smoke; use naked flames (or be near people who are smoking or using naked flames); or go near anything that may cause a fire while emollients are in contact with their medical dressings or clothing.
- Change patient clothing and bedding regularly—preferably daily—because emollients soak into fabric and can become a fire hazard.
- Incidents should be reported.
MHRA. Paraffin-based skin emollients on dressings or clothing: fire risk (18 April 2016) https://www.gov.uk/drug-safety-update/paraffin-based-skin-emollients-on-dressings-or-clothing-fire-risk
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