Although investigators have been unable to pinpoint the exact source of these illnesses, each patient resided in a facility using prefilled syringes of saline flush made by Nurse Assist, a Haltom City, Texas production facility. The Pennsylvania Department of Health tested a sample of these syringes and identified contamination with B. cepacia. All facilities known to have received this product have been notified and have discontinued use. The department is working to identify if any other facilities are using Nurse Assist prefilled saline flushes.
On October 4, 2016, Nurse Assist issued a voluntary recall of 3, 5, and 10 milliliter prefilled saline flush syringes. The Department of Health recommends that any health care facility, provider, or anyone else who has received these products immediately discontinues use and sequesters all product until further notice.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 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. Individuals who have received IV care with a Nurse Assist product and have questions or concerns should contact their medical provider.
The Department of Health continues to work with the CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and other states on the response to this outbreak.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health