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Second NY hospital warns nearly 2,000 patients of possible HIV infection from insulin pens

Second NY hospital warns nearly 2,000 patients of possible HIV infection from insulin pens

Published: 26 January, 2013, 15:46

A hospital in New York State has notified 1,915 patients that they may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C – days after another hospital in NY admitted making the same mistake - through reusing insulin pens, used by diabetics.

Olean General Hospital is mailing 1,915 patients who received insulin between November 2009 and last week and advising them to have a blood test, although the risk of infection of HIV or hepatitis B and C is very low, a hospital official told AP.

Staff at Olean General said they ordered the action after a review carried out at a nearby veteran’s hospital in Buffalo found that more than 700 patients may have been exposed to the same trio of deadly diseases over a two year period when they also may have used multiuse insulin pens on more than one person, though only intended for use on a single patient.

Olean General had not identified any specific patients who had been infected, but were not taking any chances.

“Interviews with nursing staff indicated that the practice of using one patient’s insulin pen for other patients may have occurred on some patients. Regardless, to the extent there may be a chance, however remote, that any patient was provided insulin from an insulin pen other than their own, Olean General Hospital has decided to be proactive and aggressive with respect to notification of our patients,” said Timothy Finan, president and chief executive of Upper Allegheny Health System, the parent company of Olean hospital.

Although the needles were changed in the insulin pens each time they were used, there was still a risk of infection because insulin stored in the cartridge could have become contaminated through the backflow of blood.

There was a clinical alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last year after continued reports of the practice.

US federal health agencies have been warning against sharing insulin pens for several years. An alert was issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March 2009 after more than 2,000 patients may have been contaminated between 2009 and 2010 at a Texas hospital.

A further case of unsanitary hospital procedure occurred in Missouri in June 2010, also at a Veterans Administration (VA) hospital, where 1,800 veterans were exposed to HIV and hepatitis after being treated with dental instruments which had been used by other patients and not properly cleaned.

“No veteran who has served and risked their life for this great nation should have to worry about their personal safety when receiving much needed healthcare services from a Veterans Administration hospital,” then-Republican Senator Russ Carnahan told CNN at the time.

FULL STORY: http://rt.com/usa/news/hiv-infection-insulin-pens-793/

First incident! Read here!  http://12160.info/forum/topics/veterans-hospital-exposes-hundreds-t...

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Comment by Tara on January 27, 2013 at 2:07am

This is unbelievably insane!

Thankfully, my little family is pretty damn healthy for the most part and unless there are broken bones or major lacerations to attend to... we avoid hospitals and doctors like the plague.


Comment by apeman2502 on January 26, 2013 at 9:59pm

  Another reason to stamp out corruption like a stranger's cigarette butt.

Comment by Christopher on January 26, 2013 at 3:47pm

Dozens of students and staff at a first nations high school are being tested for HIV and hepatitis after undergoing a faulty diabetes screening.

“At the heart of the matter, prior written parental consent should have been required by the school before permitting the students to participate in any medical testing,” said Grand Chief David Harper of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak.

Jun. 07 2012 - Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/hiv-scare-at-first-nat...

"Anyone who seeks MD medicine is taking a chance ..."

Gives new meaning to the phrase - "practicing medicine"

Comment by stormtrooper1991 on January 26, 2013 at 2:16pm

 through reusing insulin pens ?!? EVEN DRUG ABUSERS KNOW THE RISK OF THAT ! And these people are "medical providers " ?

Comment by suzie on January 26, 2013 at 1:29pm
Anyone who seeks MD medicine is taking a chance ... Don't we get it yet? They have one goal.. Death!! death, your death, my death, death is a big business .. how you say? It's the whole process of getting us there .. A life time of meds meds meds and there side effects get you more meds meds meds .. It's a scam of the Rockafeller JEWS get with the program they hate you!!!!!!! Seek out alternative cures, there are cures for everything we don't need them .. HIV is scam hype to keep you in continuous terror and in need of them .. I your immune system is compromised there are many ways to bring it back to homeostasis with out Jew quackery ...
Comment by Pat Newton on January 26, 2013 at 1:11pm

So hard to have faith in anything now days.


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