When patients or vulnerable persons in the community, are being treated with a paraffin-based emollient product that is covered by a dressing or clothing, there is a danger that smoking or using a naked flame could cause dressings or clothing to catch fire.
We are aware of a recent fatal incident, in which a naked flame ignited emollient cream in contact with a patient’s dressings and clothing, in a care home.
The risk is greater when these preparations are applied to large areas of the body, or when dressings or clothing become soaked with emollient.
Examples of paraffin-based emollients include:
white soft paraffin
white soft paraffin plus 50% liquid paraffin
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