Alcohol Wipes Recall
October 11, 2011 by staff
In an MSNBC report, a number of medical experts suggest that it may be time for hospitals and health professionals to insist that all the pills in preparation for being sterile and avoid the use of anyone who is not.
Problems with non-sterile pads have led to infections, deaths, and two massive recalls this year. The federal health regulators also warned the medical community earlier this year not to use non-sterile wipes in patients with depressed immune systems due to potential risks. These recent developments are leading some to wonder whether or not sterile alcohol prep pads should always be used.
The event bigger and more alarming to the medical community was preparing a retreat from Triad pad that was issued earlier this year by tens of millions of swabs, pads and wipes were contaminated with Bacillus cereus.
A subsequent investigation determined that the parent company of Triad, H & P Industries, manufacturing had systemic weaknesses that led to multiple products are being recalled. The FDA ultimately obtained a consent decree that effectively put H & P out of business as a manufacturer of medical devices to its manufacturing plant in Wisconsin could pass the exam.
Clean contaminated triad made by H & P Industries have been linked to at least 8 dead, 11 cases of infection and more than 250 complaints from consumers.
One of the most troubling aspects of the Triad is clean remember how many cloths with various drugs were included for the convenience of users. Some health experts say that in many cases, towels or pillows of preparation did not indicate whether they were sterile, and it is likely that many consumers just assumed they were sterile.
Another large alcohol prep pad retirement was announced last month, after the alcohol wipes PDI was also related to Bacillus cereus. However, no reported illnesses linked to the cloth and manufacturers have questioned whether the withdrawal was really necessary.
Bacillus cereus is responsible for approximately two percent of all foodborne disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The disease comes within 24 hours after exposure and may result in diarrheal illness. Serious and permanent injuries are very rare.
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