IV Prep Recall

by Leighann on March 10, 2011

On the heels of the huge recall of alcohol swabs manufactured by Triad and sold under many different brand and store names, Smith & Nephew is recalling lots of IV PREP Antiseptic wipes.

It’s kind of a “fail” that the Smith & Nephew site doesn’t actually mention the recall on the product page!

From the press release:

Smith & Nephew’s Advanced Wound Management division announced a US voluntary nationwide recall of selected lots of IV PREP Antiseptic Wipes (product number 59421200) manufactured for Smith & Nephew by The Triad Group.

This Smith & Nephew recall follows an earlier nationwide recall initiated by The Triad Group for alcohol prep products, pads, wipes and swabs due to concerns about potential microbial contamination with Bacillus cereus. Use of contaminated alcohol prep pads, wipes and swabs could lead to life-threatening infections, especially in at risk populations, including immune suppressed and surgical patients.

Smith & Nephew has halted all shipments of IV PREP Antiseptic Wipes manufactured for Smith & Nephew by The Triad Group. All customers and patients are advised to discontinue use of IV PREP Antiseptic Wipes immediately, as their use could result in localized or systemic infection. All customers should dispose of or return IV PREP Antiseptic Wipes to Smith & Nephew.

Smith & Nephew is advising all distributors and kit packers who utilize IV PREP Antiseptic Wipes as a part of their kit components to discontinue use of IV PREP Antiseptic Wipes immediately, and issue a sub-recall to their customers.

The specific lot numbers involved in the recall are: 9K141, 9K142, 9K143; 0F131; 0F140; 0G249; 0G255, 0G256; 0G259; 0K139, 0K140, 0K141; 0K193; 0M180; 0M216; 1A212, 1A213. IV PREP Antiseptic Wipes represent a small part of Smith & Nephew’s overall advanced wound management business.

As a precautionary measure, and out of concern for patient safety, Smith & Nephew contracted an independent laboratory to test all lots of IV PREP Antiseptic Wipes manufactured for Smith & Nephew by The Triad Group. The results showed there is no data to suggest that Smith & Nephew’s IV PREP Antiseptic Wipes have been compromised. To date, there have been no reported adverse events related to this voluntary recall.

Smith & Nephew is committed to providing customers with high quality, reliable product and has issued this voluntarily recall as a prudent, cautionary and conservative measure to assure patient safety and product performance. Smith & Nephew is working closely with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on this recall.

Further Reading

Press Release about the IV Prep Recall.

D-Mom Blog post about the Triad alcohol swab recall.

Read all product recall posts.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Linda March 10, 2011 at 6:48 am

Thanks for the tip Leighann. This company is our IV Prep wipe; so far, none of my boxes match up to the defective ones; but will keep an eye out!


2 Leighann March 10, 2011 at 7:13 am

Linda- Someone asked me where the lot number can by found. Is it on the box?


3 valerie March 10, 2011 at 7:57 am

Every IV prep that I have on hand is included in the recall- two whole boxes. The lot number is stamped on the individual packets. I called Medtronic who supplies us with the IV prep along with our pump supplies and they have no solution yet. Their advice was to quit using them if you CHOOSE to, and throw them out. boo. I told them I expect a replacement or a refund, and they said to wait until I recieve a letter.


4 Ann Onimous March 10, 2011 at 8:14 am

Thanks, Leighann!


5 Darcy May 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Did any one know that Animas has a recall on there cartridge reservor for there pumps. they do I just found it on there site.


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