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Company Recalls Throat Swabs

Nov 2, 2002 | AP

An oral swab that may represent a choking hazard has been recalled by the Tri-State Hospital Supply Corp., the company announced Friday.

The swab is part of a product called the Centurion Mouth Care Kit, distributed nationwide to hospitals after April 1.

Some of the swabs also were sold under the Shield Healthcare Center label as part of a kit used to deliver nutrition to patients through inserted tubes.

The Howell, Mich., company said the swabs may have been taken home from hospitals and hospices by patients.

Tri-State said in a statement that the recall was ordered because a sponge on the swab can become dislodged and potentially could cause choking. The recall was initiated after a patient's airway was blocked by a sponge from a swab.

The company urged patients who may have taken the swabs home from hospitals to destroy the product.

The swabs were distributed starting on April 1 in more than 100 lots, or shipment units.

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