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FDA recalls contaminated syringes

OSHA Healthcare Connection, January 29, 2008

Contaminated syringes prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 25 to recall all lots of heparin and saline pre-filled flush syringes manufactured by AM2 PAT, Inc., Angier, NC. Two lots of the syringes showed the presence of Serratia marcescens, "a bacterium that can cause serious injury or death," according to the FDA warning.

The recalled syringes, which could be used hospitals, outpatient facilities, and home care, carry the brand names Sierra Pre-filled, Inc., and B. Braun. They are sold in fill sizes of 3mL, 5mL and 10mL and syringe sizes of 6mL and 12mL.

"Consumers and health care facilities with any of the recalled, pre-filled Heparin Lock or Normal Saline IV Flush syringes should stop using the product immediately," says the FDA.

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