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Nurse Assist issues voluntary recall of I.V. Flush Syringes

Nurse Leader Insider, October 13, 2016

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The medical device manufacturer is voluntarily recalling unexpired lots of I.V. Flush Syringes, citing a potential link to bloodstream infections.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Nurse Assist recalled the syringes after discovering that patients developed Burkholderia cepacia bloodstream infections after receiving intravenous care using the company’s prepacked saline flushes. Burkholderia cepacia symptoms can vary, from little to no symptoms to respiratory infections, particularly in patient’s suffering from cystic fibrosis. Though there is no direct evidence yet, Nurse Assist is working with the FDA and CDC to investigate this link.

The recall affects all unexpired lots distributed between 2/16/2016 and 9/30/2016 of the following products:

  • IV Flush Syringe, 3ml fill, Product Code 1203
  • IV Flush Syringe, 5ml fill, Product Code 1205
  • IV Flush Syringe, 10ml fill, Product Codes 1210 and 1210-BP


The lot code information can be found on the outer case, the back panel of the inner carton, and on the label for each syringe. Nurse Assist is currently notifying customers and sending instructions to return the defective products. To initiate a return, you can contact Nurse Assist Customer Service at 1-800-649-6800, ext 10.

For more information about the recall, including examples of the product labels, consult the FDA’s announcement.
 



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