Nurse Assist issues I.V. flush syringe recall

Nurse Assist, Inc. is voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of I.V. Flush Syringes after patients developed Burkholderia cepacia bloodstream infections while receiving intravenous prepackaged saline flushes.

B. cepacia is a known cause of infections in hospitalized patients. The effects can vary from no symptoms to serious respiratory infections, particularly in people with cystic fibrosis, according to the U.S. Centers for disease Control and Prevention.

All unexpired lots of the following lots and part numbers are being recalled until a thorough investigation is completed:

Product CodeProduct Descripton
1203IV Flush Syringe, 3 ml fill
1205IV Flush Syringe, 5 ml fill
1210IV Flush Syringe, 10 ml fill
1210-BPIV Flush Syringe, 10 ml fill








Lot code information can be found on the outer case panel, the back panel of the inner carton and on each syringe label. The recalled lots were distributed to customers and distributors between Feb. 16 and Sept. 30 of this year. There are no other recalls for Nurse Assist products.

Nurse Assist is notifying distributors and customers via email, phone and certified mail with instructions for returning the product. Consumers may contact the company questions with by email at or by phone at 1-800-649-6800 ext. 10 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CDT, Monday through Friday.

Read the recall announcement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Topics: Clinical , Infection control