BD Recalls Heparin, Saline Syringes Over Bacterial Contamination
April 20, 2018 – Global medical device manufacturer BD issued the recall for its BD PosiFlush™ Heparin Lock Flush and BD™ Pre-Filled Normal Saline Flush syringes after the company was informed by the FDA and CDC of a link between catheter-related blood infections and Serratia marcescens, an opportunistic bacterial pathogen. Serratia typically affects hospital patients and individuals with compromised immune systems.
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Which Syringes are Affected by the Recall?
- BD PosiFlush™ Heparin Lock Flush Syringes – Catalog (ref) numbers: 306509, 306510, 306511, 306512, 306513,306514, 306515, 306516, 306517, 306521, 306525, 306528, 306531
- BD™ Pre-Filled Normal Saline Syringes – Catalog (ref) numbers: 306500, 306502, 306503, 306504, 306505, 306507, 306508, 306518
Symptoms of Serratia Infection
- Respiratory distress
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Frequent urination
- Pain upon urination
Most cases of Serratia infection are treated with a combination of antibiotics (aminoglycoside, antipseudomonal beta-lactam), according to MedScape. Most strains of the bacteria are also susceptible to amikacin, gentamicin and tobramycin.
Heparin Side Effects
In addition to potentially causing Serratia infections in patients who use contaminated syringes, heparin has been linked to the following side effects:
Do I Have a Heparin Syringe Lawsuit?
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