In Reply:- Baxter appreciates the opportunity to provide additional comment regarding the above referenced manuscript. As a responsible medical device company, Baxter is interested in learning of experiences with its products. The occurrence reported in the manuscript is an isolated one. Baxter has no reports of a similar nature involving the same model and lot number of the device. In the interest of patient safety, Baxter implemented several process improvements to prevent the type of occurrence reported. Of importance, Baxter's product insert data sheet, which is included with each catheter, recommends preinsertion testing of the catheter.

JoAnne Smith Joyce

Baxter International Inc.; Deerfield, Illinois