Pacific Disposables' voluntary recall last month of 300 million potentially contaminated nonsterile prep pads has prompted experts to question whether nonsterile pads should be used in health care settings. FDA warned against using nonsterile pads before surgery or catheter insertions, or in patients with depressed immune systems, but pads often are not marked and some injectable drug kits are packed with nonsterile pads. "Is there any place for a non-sterile alcohol prep pad in a hospital setting? We believe there isn't," said infection control specialist Dr. Christine Nyquist.
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