On October 4, 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention ("CDC") announced a recall of Intravenous Flush Syringes manufactured by Nurse Assist, Inc., due to a potential link to a dangerous bloodstream infection. The product flushes sterile saline thru an intravenous tube connected to a patient. The infection is caused by the Gram negative bacteria-Burkholderia cepacia which is believed to have contaminated the product. Today, Newsday reported that "nearly three dozen patient's at nursing home statewide may have developed bloodstream infections (sepsis) from contaminated intravenous products purchased by 54 facilities"--most in NYC but six of them on Long Island, according to a New York Department of Health investigation.
According to the CDC, the effects of Burkholderia cepacia on people vary from no symptoms to serious respiratory infections. The bacteria are generally harmless to healthy people but can cause serious to deadly complications in those with compromised immune systems or chronic lung diseases. Recently, B. cepacia has become increasingly resistant to antibiotics. For more information on your rights if you are infected by this product, clink the link below.