Nurse Assist Initiates Recall of IV Flush Syringes Due to Infections

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Nurse Assist, a Texas-based medical device manufacturer primarily for hospitals and long-term care facilities, has announced the initiation of a voluntarily recall of all unexpired lots of IV flush syringes due to a potential link to Burkholderia cepacia bloodstream infections.

To date, infections have been reported in four states:

As the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes, symptoms of B. cepacia infection vary widely, ranging from no symptoms at all to serious respiratory infections, especially in patients with cystic fibrosis. B. cepacia can also be resistant to many common antibiotics.

The recall applies to flush syringes with 3ml, 5ml and 10 ml fills across four product codes. These lots were distributed between February 16 and September 30 of this year.

To return recalled product for credit, contact Nurse Assist customer service at (800) 649-6800 ext. 10.

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.