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Health Agencies Update
March 23 2011

Prep Pad Recall

JAMA. 2011;305(12):1188. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.321

Nonsterile alcohol prep pads should not be used to prepare the skin of patients for surgery or the performance of other procedures requiring sterility, warned the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after a manufacturer of such pads recalled the product because of bacterial contamination (

In January, the Triad Group recalled all alcohol prep pads, swabs, and swab sticks it manufactured (including products labeled nonsterile) because of possible contamination of the products with Bacillus cereus. At the time, the company said it had received one report of a non–life-threatening skin infection associated with its product. The company said the wipes are intended for disinfection of injection sites.

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