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Mic-Key Extension Sets Turning Black
Around the end of November I noticed my daughter’s Mic-key extension sets (Kimberly-Clark Ballard Medical) turning black after 48 hours of use. The material is stuck inside the tube and will not come out with normal soap and water washing. By squeezing the tube very tightly between my fingers and running them down the tubing at the same time, some of the residue will come out of the tube, but then gets clogged at the ends. Even several cleanings like this will not remove all of the residue. We had never seen this before. In the past, the sets looked fine after two weeks, but we were advised to change them anyway; now we have to change them after two days.
I called our home health care company and the manufacturer and was told they had never heard of this. I contacted a friend who uses the same sets with her daughter, who said she had just started experiencing the same thing. Both of our daughters are on the same formula, EleCare. We have ruled out infection as a potential cause of the build up.
Ballard Medical is now testing my daughter’s extension sets. If you are having this same problem, feel free to call me or contact John Blight at Ballard Medical (800)-528-5591.