H&P Industries/Triad Group has issued a recall of povidine iodine prep pads used to prevent infections in cuts, scrapes and burns and in preparation for surgery. Instead of killing all bacteria, these alcohol prep wipes may be contaminated with a dangerous bacteria, improbably called Elizabethkingia meningoseptica. This is a bacteria that causes potentially life threatening infections in humans, including meningitis (in infants) pneumonia in patients on ventilators and necrotizing fasciitis.
These alcohol wipes are marketed under Cardinal Health, Medical Specialties, VHA, Triad, Triad Plus, North Safety and Total Resources.
There will not be many injuries or lawsuits from this alcohol wipe recall. But there may be a few very serious or fatal injuries that may be very good claims.