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Field Safety Notice Becton Dickinson Connecta Stopcocks Multiple Products (ICN 1863)

Important Customer Notice Field Safety Notice

Ref: 2022/1863 ICN Number: 1863

NHS Supply Chain Reference: 59


  • The supplier Becton Dickinson has issued a Field Safety Notice following internal checks identifying that the specific product lots (listed in Appendix 1) may present a hole or rupture in the unit blister packaging.
  • As a result of this potential defect the sterility of the product may be compromised.
  • A potential breach in sterility of the packaging presents a health risk of exposure to microbial contaminants.
  • This may lead to the potential introduction of infection into the bloodstream, an injury that requires medical intervention to treat.

Products Affected:

  • Of the products affected, three product codes have been supplied by NHS Supply Chain:
  • NPC Product Description Supplier Code / MPC Route
    FVK221 Stopcock with extension set and valve 25cm 394936 eDirect
    FVK840 Stopcock 3 way with extension line 50cm 394951 Stocked
    FVK958 Stopcock 3 way with injection valve and extension line 100cm 394971 Stocked
  • Please note only the lot numbers quoted in the Field Safety Notice are affected.
  • Becton Dickinson has identified the root cause and is taking corrective actions to prevent recurrence of this issue.

Next Steps:

  • Read and follow the full instructions in the Field Corrective Notice and share with all users of the affected products.
  • Identify and quarantine all unused affected BD Connecta™ Stopcocks.
  • Contact your NHS Supply Chain Customer Service Advisor with full details of the quantities of affected products in your possession including the lot numbers.
  • Your Customer Service Advisor will confirm the details and give you a unique CMS reference number. On receipt of written confirmation of disposal quoting the CMS reference number credit will be raised on your behalf.
  • Becton Dickinson advise for devices in situ, they should continue to be maintained and replaced in accordance with the hospital/institution’s normal practices, unless there is a clinical suspicion of an infection related or unrelated to these devices.
  • We are currently reviewing alternatives for the products affected and will update this ICN once more information is available.

If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Customer Service Advisor.

Downloads ▼

  • 1863 Becton Dickinson Field Safety Notice 14 November 2022

    A PDF showing the Field Safety Notice for ICN 1863.
  • 1863 Becton Dickinson Product Listing with Alternatives 14 November 2022

    An Excel file showing the product listing with alternatives for ICN 1863.