Stop using Haiou Medical syringes, needles, FDA warns

The FDA issued a warning May 20 for healthcare providers to stop using certain types of needles and syringes made by Guangdong Haiou Medical Apparatus after finding quality issues with them. 

The agency said it has received reports of the needles detaching from the syringe and getting stuck in patients' arms after injections. It's also received reports of a small number of incidents involving accidental needlestick injuries to providers. It didn't specify how many reports it has received. 

Risks of needles detaching in someone's arm include pain, infection and surgery, if the needle breaks in a person's arm, the FDA said. There's also a risk to healthcare providers of transmission of bloodborne pathogens in situations involving accidental needlestick injuries. 

The FDA told providers to stop using the needles and to remove them from their inventory until further notice. 

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