Welcome to ARTERY.
The purpose of ART is to promote the field of work shared by technicians, technologists, engineers, scientists and other members of the multi-professional team working within the sphere of Renal Technology. The Association has over 200 members and are represented in many Renal Clinics throughout the United Kingdom. Among its members are employees of the National Health Service and private sectors.
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Latest Website Additions
The presentation on ELECTRICAL SAFETY; STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS is available to download and print ready for the live presentation at the ART Conference 2017. Find it on the ART Members Page.
New AGM section added to ART Members page. Documents added: ART AGM Minutes 2016, Chairman's Report 2016, Financial Report 2016, Income & Expenditure Account, Nomination Form 2017, Proposal for 2017 AGM - ART Constitution, Revision to ART Constitution.
Renal related alerts and recalls for drugs and medical devices
MHRA has published guidance on the importance of applying human factors to medical devices, so they are designed and optimised to minimise patient and user safety risks.
This guidance is intended for manufacturers, developers and notified bodies to highlight the important influence human factors have on patient safety. The advice is also relevant to device components of drug-device combination products that are regulated as medicines.
Issued: 19 September 2017
Baxter has received reports of device operators failing to adhere to the instructions for use pertaining to the safe unloading of disposable sets from the Prismaflex Control Unit.
These steps are required to safely disconnect the patient before proceeding to unload the filter set after treatment. If not followed, severe blood loss may occur with a potentially fatal outcome.
Issued: 11 March 2017
Haemofiltration machine: all Prismaflex systems installed with software version 6.10 – risk of under-infusion of anticoagulant
Manufactured by Baxter – the software fails to save the syringe type and size in service and custom modes, and so reverts to default settings.
Issued: 11 July 2017
BELLCO S.r.l.: Formula, Formula Plus, Formula 2000, Formula 2000 Plus, Formula Therapy, Formula Domus
This is an update to Medtronic’s October, 2016 notification titled “Urgent Field Safety Notice – Formula®
Hemodialysis Machines” (the “Notice”) describing thermal events that led to fire (Attachment A). Please
refer to the Section(s) applicable to the Formula machine configuration in your facility.
Issued: 05 January 2017
Hansen-type coloured dialysis fluid line connectors - incorrectly configured
(All manufacturers) potential for the red and blue Hansen type dialysis fluid line connectors to be incorrectly configured (interchanged) which results in significantly less efficient dialysis. (MDA/2010/020)
Issued: 10 March 2010
Aquarius haemofiltration machine - manufacturer has updated their actions for software problems
(Edwards Lifesciences Ltd) the manufacturer has updated their corrective actions for software problems with haemofiltration machines. (MDA/2009/076)
24 November 2009