DENVER (CBS4) – Fast-acting doctors at The Children’s Hospital in Denver prompted a massive, international recall of some alcohol wipes.
Doctors became alarmed after a few of their young patients developed bloodstream infections caused by a rare bacteria.
The company, The Triad Group out of Wisconsin, recalled its alcohol prep pads after a swift investigation by the Food and Drug Administration.
The pads being recalled are non-sterile alcohol prep pads sold in common places like Walgreens and Safeway, as well as used in hospitals. The company says the recall is because there was potential contamination, saying it may or may not be related to its products.
“With the cluster of patients that we had, and the patient types, it just didn’t make sense as to why they had this infection in their bloodstream,” Dr. Christine Nyquist with The Children’s Hospital said.
It didn’t take them long to isolate the problem.
“This is an ongoing look at a product that a lot of people use in the hospital as well as out of the hospital,” Nyquist said.
The Children’s Hospital reported the contamination last November. The FDA continues to investigate.
Triad also recalled its sterile lubricating jelly back in December because of possible contamination.