Recall of Alcohol Prep Pads, Swabs, and Swab Sticks

This week’s tip comes from a Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services new release regarding a nationwide recall of alcohol prep pads, swabs, and swab sticks manufactured by Triad Group:

Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Lots of Alcohol Prep Pads, Swabs and Swab Sticks Due to Potential Microbial Contamination

Alcohol prep pads, swabs and swab sticks have been voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer, Triad Group, due to potential contamination with an objectionable organism, Bacillus cereus. The recalled products can be identified by either “Triad Group”listed as the manufacturer, or products manufactured for third-party use will use any of the following names: Cardinal Health, PSS Select, VersaPro, Boca/Ultilet, Moore Medical, Walgreens, CVS, or Conzellin. These products were distributed in the United States and internationally. The recall applies to both sterile and unsterile products.

Alcohol prep pads, swabs and swab sticks are used to disinfect an area of skin prior to injection. Use of contaminated products could lead to life-threatening infections, especially in at-risk populations including immune suppressed and surgical patients. To date, one non-life-threatening skin infection has been reported.

If you have a supply of these products, do not use them, but return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

The press release for the recalled products is available at the following web link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm239219.htm

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