Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it was beginning to investigate how hundreds of intravenous saline solution bags designed for training healthcare workers ended up being used on patients.
According to the New York Times, Wallcur, a San Diego company, recalled different-size bags of its saline solution and distilled water on January 7. Initial reports suggest 17 people have become ill and one person has died after they were given the solution. The reports came from seven states and detail patients experiencing chills, fevers, and tremors after they were given the solution.
Wallcur claimed it shipped the saline in bags labeled “for clinical simulation” in May 2014, and that the bags were not intended for patients because they were not sterile. The bags were reportedly shipped to medical clinics, surgical centers, and urgent care facilities.
A Wallcur lawyer told the Times that the company only makes training products for nursing schools, not for hospitals or clinics. The FDA is investigating how the products made their way from a distributor to medical providers.
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