Class I Recall of Nurse Assist Inc. Normal Saline Flush IV Syringes Due to Possible Burkholderia Cepacia Bloodstream Infections

PUBLISHED: Jan 4, 2017
Source: Food and Drug Administration

Nurse Assist Inc. is recalling the normal saline flush syringes due to incidents of Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) contamination. B. cepacia is a bacterium that can cause bloodstream infections, particularly in patients with weak immune systems.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the effects of Burkholderia cepacia on people "vary widely, ranging from no symptoms at all to serious respiratory infections, especially in patients with cystic fibrosis."

The use of affected products may cause serious adverse health consequences including bloodstream bacterial infections and death

Recalled Product:

  • Product Name: Normal Saline Flush
  • Product Description: 12 mL IV Flush Syringe with a 3 mL, 5 mL, or 10 mL fill volume
  • Product Codes: All lots of product codes: 1203, 1205, 1210 and 1210-BP
  • Manufacturing Dates: September 24, 2015 to August 1, 2016
  • Distribution Dates: February 16, 2016 to September 30, 2016
  • Devices Recalled in the U.S.: 386,175 syringes nationwide

On October 5, 2016, Nurse Assist, Inc. sent a certified mail notification to all affected customers. The notice asked customers to:

  • Immediately discontinue the use of any affected products
  • Complete the Medical Device Recall Return response form
  • Return any affected products along with the response form to suppliers via the Returned Goods Authorization provided by Nurse Assist, Inc.
  • For freight collect shipping information, customers should contact the Customer Service Team at 1-800-649-6800 ext. 10.

See the Recall Notice for additional information.

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