Source: MHRA/Gov.uk 10.10.23
The SteriFeed colostrum collection device is intended to be used only to collect and store colostrum. It should not be used as an infant feeding device as the cap, if not removed, can easily get dislodged and become stuck in the baby’s throat.
Device Name: SteriFeed Colostrum Collector
Product code: 11201
Manufactured by: Medicare Colgate
Explanation of identified safety issue
Colostrum can be expressed from about week 37 of pregnancy. It has become common practice in the NHS for women to be offered antenatal colostrum harvesting. Some local trusts supply kits for colostrum collection. The kits are also available to buy online.
The SteriFeed colostrum collection device is intended to be used only to collect and store colostrum. The device is not designed for feeding.
However, we understand that it has also been used for feeding colostrum to babies.
We are aware of 6 incidents in which the push cap became lodged in the back of the baby’s mouth when it was not removed from the top end of the syringe before being inserted into the baby’s mouth for feeding. There were no fatalities, however one infant required emergency surgery.
The intended use of the device is not for directly feeding the colostrum to babies. The cap must always be removed before use. Healthcare professional advice should be sought for guidance on feeding the collected colostrum to the baby.
The manufacturer is undertaking a design change to minimise the choking hazard associated with the cap. Work is underway on this change and it will take approximately 6 months.
Actions for healthcare professionals
- Remove the cap before using the device.
- When instructing parents on using the device, remind them to always remove the cap from the tip of the syringe prior to use.
- Advise parents on how to feed the collected colostrum to the baby.
- There are specific reporting arrangements for healthcare professionals to follow in each of region. Healthcare professionals should report incidents:
Actions for users
- Remove the cap from the top end of the syringe before using the device.
- Seek advice from a healthcare professional for guidance on how to feed the harvested colostrum to your baby.
Actions for manufacturers
- Device design change to minimise the risk of choking.
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