Forty patients in seven states recently suffered personal injury after receiving a non-sterile intravenous solution intended for training purposes on high-tech dummies.
In May of 2014, Wallcur, a San Diego-based company, shipped simulated IV saline solution labeled “for clinical simulation.” Wallcur manufactures pseudo-clinical products intended for use in training healthcare students. The training product may have been mistakenly shipped to medical clinics, surgical centers and urgent care facilities from a distributor instead of directly from Wallcur. One patient died after receiving the simulated solution, although the exact cause of the death remains unknown.
The subject of a multi-state investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this case echoes a multistate meningitis outbreak in October 2012, which occurred due to the injection of contaminated steroid solution shipped from a New England compounding pharmacy. The contaminated solution ultimately injured 751 people and killed 64 across the United States.
Some key points about the incident include:
- Injury to patients due to injection of the training saline occurred in Idaho, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina and Florida.
- Patients injected with the simulated saline usually report immediate effects including headache, fever, chills and aches.
The simulated saline is not defective, but was wrongly shipped to medical clinics instead of training facilities.
- The bags are labeled Wallcur, Practi-products, For clinical simulation.
Investigation continues into how training solutions were distributed to care facilities. If you, or a loved one, suffer harm from receiving the wrong medication or medical product, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney in Georgia.