AUDIENCE: Health Professional, Risk Manager
ISSUE: Covidien announced that it has initiated a voluntary recall of certain lots of Monoject prefill flush syringes. This recall is being conducted due to the risk that a number of the syringes were filled with water but not subjected to the autoclave sterilization process. These products are labeled as either sodium chloride flush or heparin lock flush. Some of these syringes have the mismatched syringe tip cap, syringe label, filled volume and wrapper. However, for the sodium chloride flush syringes with matched tip cap, syringe label, filled volume and wrapper, there are no visual cues for the clinician to identify the problematic products. If non-sterile fluid is administered there is a health risk of life-threatening infection to the blood stream or other areas. Also if the clinician uses the heparin lock flush syringe containing only water on peripheral or venous catheters, the patency of the intravascular device may not be maintained and clotting may occur. This could result in non-functional intravenous access requiring the device to be replaced.
BACKGROUND: Only Monoject prefill flush syringes from the lot numbers listed are affected by this action (see Firm Press Release for list of affected lot numbers). The lot numbers can be found on the shipper case, carton and individual syringes. Customers are required to identify, segregate and return any affected products in their inventory.
RECOMMENDATION: Customers have been notified of this issue by letter dated August 16, 2013. To return the affected product for credit, please contact our Customer Service group at 1-800-962-9888.
Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:
[08/19/2013 - Press Release - Covidien]