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The FDA warns hospitals to stop using certain syringes

Hospital Safety Insider, January 30, 2008

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning hospitals to stop using two brands of syringes because of contamination concerns.

Last Friday, the FDA announced a nationwide recall of all lots of heparin and saline pre-filled flush syringes manufactured by AM2 PAT, Inc., of Angier, N.C. Two lots have been found to be contaminated with Serratia marcescens, a bacterium that can cause serious injury or death, according to the FDA.

Hospitals that have any of the recalled, prefilled Heparin Lock or Normal Saline IV Flush brands of the syringes should:

  1. Stop using the syringes immediately
  2. Remove the syringes from their inventories
  3. Return the syringes to distributors



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