March 06, 2009 | | Comments 0
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FDA issues warning about MRI burns

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning yesterday about the risk of burns to patients who wear transdermal patches. These are medicated patches most often associated with smokers who are trying to quit smoking. These patches have been catching fire during MRI scans because many of them contain a metal backing that’s not always visible to the wearer, or the person administering the scan.

While the FDA is compiling a list of those patches that could ignite during a scan, it has issued the following advice to healthcare workers:

  •  identify those patients who are wearing a patch before the patients have the MRI scan
  • advise those patients about the procedures for removing and disposing of the patch before the MRI scan
  • advise those patients about replacing the patch after the MRI scan

To read the full advisory, click here.

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Heather Comak About the Author: Heather Comak is the Assistant Director of the Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals and a Managing Editor at HCPro, Inc., where she is the editor of the monthly publication Briefings on Patient Safety. Contact Heather by e-mailing her at

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