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Review of: Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. Emollients: new information about risk of severe and fatal burns with paraffin-containing and paraffin-free emollients. Drug Safety Update 2018;12(5):3.
Key learning points
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has reported that paraffin-containing and paraffin-free emollient products have a fire-accelerating effect and have been associated with fatal burns.
Clothing or fabric such as bedding or bandages that have been in contact with an emollient or emollient-treated skin can rapidly ignite.
When prescribing, recommending, dispensing, selling or applying emollient products to patients, healthcare professionals are advised to instruct them not to smoke or go near naked flames.
Warnings about the risk …
Contributors DTB Team.
Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.