Check IV Fluids Stock in Your Urgent Care Centers
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The Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) received notice (Dec. 30) about a New York investigation into reports of patients at two urgent care centers who were administered simulation intravenous fluids. The urgent care centers reported ordering normal saline through their regular distributor.

We are sharing this news with you simply as a reminder to check your stock. As the notice states:  Providers are reminded to carefully examine the labeling of IV fluids to ensure that they are intended for human use and are not intended for simulation and educational uses.  This is the responsibility of each provider.

Here is a link to the posting from the New York Department of Health (NYDOH). For further information, please contact the NYDOH or your local health department.

UPDATE (1/28/15):

Wallcur stated to UCAOA that it appears the simulation IV fluids ended up in some urgent care centers due to ineffective labeling on Wallcur distributor web sites. Wallcur is currently having all its distributors find out if any other clinical centers were mistakenly sold simulation IV fluids, and has asked distributors to pull the product out of the centers and provide credit on those units. Any urgent care center that finds Wallcur fluids in the center can return them for credit and is encouraged to do so. Wallcur is working with the FDA to make sure that labeling (from its boxes, fluid bags and on distributor web sites) is robust and clear.

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