Risk of death or serious harm from accidental ingestion of potassium permanaganate preparations

· East and South East England Specialist Pharmacy Services

In response to the NHS Patient Safety Alert: Risk of death or serious harm from accidental ingestion of potassium permanganate preparations issued in Dec 2014. Northwick Park Hospital (based on work from Ealing Hospital) produced the attached Medication Safety Bulletin on the safe use of potassium permanganate solution soaks in wound care. Designed to help all staff involved in prescribing, administration and supply of potassium permanganate.

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