Tainted alcohol wipes recalled, hospitals consider non-sterile ban

A recall of more than 300 million alcohol wipes for contamination of a potentially fatal bacteria is causing concerns among the country's hospitals, reports MSNBC. Pacific Disposables International last month recalled the non-sterile pads after a hemophiliac patient died from a Bacillus cereus infection after using a contaminated wipe, according to the article. Earlier this year, Triad Group and H&P Industries also recalled similar alcohol wipes, as well as iodine wipes, around the world.

"Is there any place for a non-sterile alcohol prep pad in a hospital setting?" said Dr. Christine Nyquist, a Colorado infection control director, who blew the whistle on the dangerous bacteria in alcohol wipes last year. "We believe there isn't," she said in the article. Article