ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Smith
& Nephew’s Advanced Wound Management division (LSE: SN; NYSE:
SNN) announced a U.S. 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 res