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Supply Issues 3M UK IV Dressing ELW056 (ICN 2233)

Important Customer Notice Supply Issues

Ref: 2023/2233 ICN Number: 2233


  • The supplier 3M UK has informed us of a supply issue with its Dressing IV vapour-permeable adhesive film sterile – ELW056.
  • The supply issue is due to reduced manufacturing capabilities resulting from short term personnel availability.
  • This product is now being threshold managed as it is subject to Protect Demand Management.


  • ELW056 is available to order through NHS Supply Chain. However, trusts are allocated a maximum daily quantity or “threshold” to ensure fair supply of available stock across the NHS.
  • Potential indirect alternative products are available to order through our online catalogue.
  • See our Downloads ▼ section to access the product listing for further information on the affected product code and potential alternatives.
  • The supply issue is anticipated to be resolved by 30 September 2023.

Next Steps:              

  • Customers are advised to log into our website to view the potential indirect alternative products.
  • Customers are advised to log into our website to view the product codes currently subject to Protect Demand Management.
  • The continuing supply issue is being monitored in conjunction with the supplier and we will continue to monitor the stock situation to minimise further disruption and update this ICN with the latest information as it becomes available.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Customer Services Advisor.

Please note that due to the clinical nature of these alternative products we advise you to consult your own clinical experts to ensure suitability for your organisations use of these products.


Downloads ▼

  • 2233 3M UK Product Listing with Alternatives 7 August 2023

    An Excel file showing the product listing with alternatives for ICN 2233.
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  • Control and Protect Demand Managed Product Matrix

    An Excel file detailing the products currently subject to Control and Protect Demand Management. This is updated weekly.
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