Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

The JWV Demands That Contaminated Wipes Be Immediately Removed from VA Hospitals

and All Patients Notified

May 2011

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) has learned that alcohol prep pads and other products blamed for infections and a death elsewhere were used in VA hospitals and that patients using these products were not warned of the recall in a timely manner.

The wipes, manufactured by the Triad Group and H&P Industries of Hartland, WI, posed the possibility of bacterial contamination and were thus recalled. The products were found in 38 of 152 medical centers and an outpatient mail pharmacy.

Not all veterans, however, were warned of the recall in a timely manner, and many may have contacted infections as a result.

One veteran, Duane Caseday, of Vancouver, WA, received notification of the recall a full three months after it had been issued. In the time between the recall being imposed and his receipt of the notification he developed a serious infection that required repeated hospitalizations.

The JWV demands that the Department of Veterans Affairs ensure that all patients are notified and retested as soon as a recall is announced for a product and that an investigation is launched into whether any patients may still be at risk from these defective products.

Our veterans - those who have given the most to our country - deserve only the best of care. A situation in which they are not notified in a timely manner about the recall of products on which they depend for their care must never happen again.


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