The Royal Manchester children’s hospital and Salford Royal have banned the use of a device called Enflow, used to warm fluids before infusing them into patients during surgery, after they found it contained aluminium hundreds of times the safe limit, they decided to stop using it due to fears that babies and children could suffer neurological damage.
Michael Charlesworth, an anaesthetist at Wythenshawe hospital in Manchester, said: “It’s certainly alarming as a clinician that it’s possible that aluminium could be released into patients in this quantity. I’d imagine hospitals would be reviewing the use of this device.”
7,000 mcg per litre were detected, while the safety limit is set at 25 mcg per litre.
Vaccines, on the other hand, contain levels of aluminium that exceed safety limits, yet these are not withdrawn and are repeatedly injected into babies and children, while neurological side-effects are largely denied or played down. The Infanrix Hexa 6-in-1 injection given to all British babies, for example, contains 0.5mg of aluminium hydroxide and 0.32 mgs of aluminium phosphate – a total of 0.82 mgs of aluminium that equals 820 mcgs of aluminium per shot, an amount many times the 25mcg safety level for aluminium.
Hospitals withdraw surgical device over aluminium exposure fears, The Guardian, 3rd March 2019.
Infanrix hexa, Powder and suspension for suspension for injection, EMC Medicines.
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