Unfortunately, the use of one type of plastic oversleeve with a transparent tear-down strip has caused serious respiratory problems for a 14-month-old boy. One day he appeared to choke on the contents of a jar and was taken to hospital, where food was removed. A month later, when he was admitted to hospital suffering from gastroenteritis, his mother reported that his breathing had been strained since the choking incident. Investigations found a tear-down strip, with one red tip, lodged at the top of one lung.
Doctors from Newcastle upon Tyne who treated the child have written to the Lancet suggesting that tear-down sections should be completely coloured and preferably not detachable from the jar.Reuse content