Nurse Assist Inc. recalled for I.V. Flush Syringes after 33 people developed B. cepacia bloodstream infections in Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
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Nurse Assist, Inc. is a Texas-based company that manufactures pre-filled intravenous (I.V.) saline flush syringes. Flushing with saline is necessary before and after a drip medication is connected to a patient to ensure the intravenous line is clear.
What is the problem?
The contamination was first identified when a cluster of patients at a Maryland nursing home developed B. cepacia infections while receiving intravenous medications. Health officials in Pennsylvania said a sample of the syringes tested positive for contamination with B. cepacia.
How Many People Were Infected?
On October 4, 2016, health departments in three states reported 33 cases of B. cepacia bloodstream infections associated with Nurse Assist I.V. Flush Syringes:
- Maryland: Health officials reported 11 cases of B. cepacia bloodstream infections.
- New Jersey: Health officials reported 2 cases of B. cepacia bloodstream infections in patients in long-term care facilities who received medication through a central line and warned 43 facilities on September 30.
- Pennsylvania: Health officials reported 20 cases of B. cepacia bloodstream infections and said a syringe tested positive for contamination.
Nurse Assist Recalls All Lots of I.V. Flush Syringe
On October 4, 2016, Nurse Assist issued a voluntary recall for all unexpired lots of I.V. Flush Syringes. The products were distributed between February 16, 2016 and September 30, 2016.
What Products Were Recalled?
|Product Code||Product Description||Lot Number|
|1203||IV Flush Syringe, 3ml fill||All unexpired lots|
|1205||IV Flush Syringe, 5ml fill||All unexpired lots|
|1210||IV Flush Syringe, 10ml fill||All unexpired lots|
|1210-BP||IV Flush Syringe, 10ml fill||All unexpired lots|
What is B. Cepacia?
Burkholderia cepacia (also called “B. cepacia” complex) is a bacteria that is commonly found in soil and water. Healthy adults are rarely infected. It mostly infects hospitalized patients with weak immune systems. It is naturally resistant to most antibiotics, which is why it has up to a 42% mortality rate.
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