At least 13 new cases of a rare bacterial infection linked to contaminated IV flush syringes made by Nurse Assist have been reported in New Jersey.
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What’s the problem?
November 14, 2016 – A total of 52 B. cepacia infections in New Jersey have been associated with Nurse Assist flush syringes to date, according to the Press of Atlantic City. State health officials last month issued warnings to long-term healthcare facilities regarding possible contamination from saline flush syringes made by the Texas-based supplier.
In October 2015, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall for Nurse Assist IV flush syringes after multiple patients developed B. cepacia infections while using intravenous prepackaged saline flushes. Flush syringes are used to clear out intravenous lines to keep the area clean and sterile.
According to the CDC, B. cepacia cases have been reported in at least 19 healthcare facilities in New Jersey. The infection causes symptoms such as fevers, chills, shortness of breath and an abnormal heart rate.
At least six people with B. cepacia infections have died in New York and Pennsylvania, but health officials cannot determine for certain whether the deaths were caused by the bacteria, underlying health conditions or another cause, according to the CDC.
“What ended up happening was that the CDC, state and county health departments got involved quickly and targeted where this bacteria was coming from,” said Dr. Manish Trivedi, an infectious disease specialist and chairman of infection prevention at AtlantiCare. “Once identified, they did an excellent job at removing the sources.”
CDC is continuing to investigate the problems associated with Nurse Assist medical products.
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