07 Apr 2016
If swallowed, lithium button batteries (also known as ‘disc batteries’) can cause serious chemical burns or death.
The Queensland Coroner’s report on the death of four-year-old Summer Steer, who died after swallowing a two-centimetre button battery, has highlighted the need for health practitioners to be aware of the dangers these products present to patients if ingested, and be better equipped to handle suspected cases.
Included in the coroner’s recommendations was for AHPRA to ‘raise awareness amongst clinicians, pharmacists, and radiographers in relation to emerging product safety issues such as button battery ingestion by emailing a brief description of the issue and providing a link to the ACCC reporting site and the Poisons Information Centre’.
In response to this recommendation: