Two disinfectants used by health professionals contaminated with bacteria

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Two professional disinfectants, used in the medical field, are subject to a recall procedure because they contain bacteria.

The disinfectants concerned are used by professionals in the medical sector (Photo d'illustration) | ARCHIVES WEST-FRANCE DAVID ADÉMAS


  • The disinfectants concerned are used by professionals in the medical sector (Photo illustration)
    The disinfectants concerned are used by professionals in the medical sector (Photo d'illustration) | ARCHIVES WEST-FRANCE DAVID ADÉMAS

Two disinfectants, Surfa'safe premium and Opaster are recalled as a precaution, due to the presence of bacteria in several batches of these products that must no longer be used, said Thursday evening the Agence du médicament ANSM.

The germs detected in these products for professionals are naturally present in the environment (in water in particular). But they are "Opportunists", that is to say, likely to cause infection in immunocompromised people, explains the ANSM. On the other hand, "The risk of infection for the general population is very low".

Professionals should not use them anymore

In several batches of Surfa'safe premium and its variations, the presence of bacteria Burkholderia cepacia was highlighted as well as Pseudomonas oryzihabitans in batches of Opaster.

It is requested to no longer use Surfa'safe premium disinfectants and its variations as well as Opaster (health establishments, medical offices, dental or other health and medico-social structures, hospitalization at home and any other place of use) .

ANSM asked Anios laboratories to carry out microbiological tests on other products in their range of disinfectants. The first results of the tests carried out on twenty lots did not highlight the presence of these bacteria in these other products. Tests continue on products in stock.

However, "In anticipation of the end of the investigations on the other Anios products, the agency recommends as a precaution and as far as possible, to favor the use of other brands than those of the Anios range for patients with an immune system. weakened (under chemo, grafted, with cystic fibrosis, prolonged stay in intensive care or in neonatology …) ", says AFP Thierry Sirdey, director of medical devices at the ANSM.

From stethoscopes to surgical equipment

The French Society of Hospital Hygiene puts online the conduct to hold.

Surfa'safe premium is a disinfectant widely used in the medical sector (hospitals, medical practices, etc …) for the disinfection of surfaces and non-invasive medical devices (stethoscope, blood pressure monitor …) Opaster, very useful limited in France, is a disinfectant for invasive medical devices including surgical equipment.

The origin of the contamination would be related to the water network of the plant. Anios laboratories, which disinfect the water circuits, stopped the production and distribution of all their products. The "Restart of the plant can be considered only after verification of the resolution of the problem by the ANSM".

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