Nurse Assist has issued a nationwide recall for all unexpired lots of its IV flush syringes over potential contamination with Burkholderia cepacia (“B. cepacia”), an antibiotic-resistant bacteria that causes severe infection in patients with certain health problems.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed an infection after using an I.V. flush syringe, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: B. Cepacia Infections Linked to Nurse Assist Flush Syringes Reported in New Jersey
November 14, 2016 – At least 13 people in New Jersey have recently developed B. cepacia infections associated with an outbreak linked to contaminated IV flush syringes made by Nurse Assist. The New Jersey Department of Health last month issued alerts to long-term healthcare facilities about potential B. cepacia contamination in flush syringes from the Texas-based supplier. The agency urged providers to discontinue use of the products immediately.
Which Products are Affected by the Recall?
All unexpired Nurse Assist I.V. Flush Syringes from the following lots and part numbers are being recalled:
Product Code Product Description
1203 IV Flush Syringe, 3 ml fill
1205 IV Flush Syringe, 5 ml fill
1210 IV Flush Syringe, 10 ml fill
1210-BP IV Flush Syringe, 10 ml fill
This information is found on the outer case panel, back panel of the inner carton and on each syringe label. Affected products were distributed from February 16, 2016 through September 30, 2016.
What is B. Cepacia?
B. cepacia is a type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria commonly found in the soil and water, according to the CDC. While it poses little threat to healthy adults, B. cepacia can cause severe infection in patients with compromised immune systems or chronic lung diseases like cystic fibrosis.
Signs and symptoms of B. cepacia infection typically include varying degrees of:
- Shortness of breath
FDA urges all healthcare facilities with affected Nurse Assist I.V. Flush Syringes to discontinue use and return them to the supplier. Recalled products can be returned for credit by contacting the manufacturer.
Do I Have a Flush Syringe Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in I.V. flush syringe lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new B. cepacia infection cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.