NJ nurse does not change syringe after administering flu shot, 70 patients being tested for HIV

NJ nurse does not change syringe after administering flu shot, 70 patients being tested for HIV


  Dozens of co-workers are being screened for HIV and hepatitis after a nurse was found reusing a syringe to administer flu shots.

Employees at Otsuka Pharmaceutical, who received the vaccination at their offices in Princeton, New Jersey on September 30, have been warned they may have been exposed to ‘infected blood.’

Almost 70 patients have now been called in for testing but face a long, anxious wait as it can be months before serious infections such as HIV show up in blood work.

Healthcare provider TotalWellness confirmed that the nurse contracted to carry out the flu shots had ‘failed to follow proper medical procedures and safeguards.’

Officials have not yet revealed whether disciplinary action will be taken against the nurse.

The New Jersey Department of Health sent out letters to the 67 pharmaceutical co-workers two days after the vaccinations to warn them that the syringe ‘was reused multiple times’, NBC 10 reported.

While the letter said the risk of contamination was low, it urged those affected to seek testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.

‘Syringe reuse may have exposed you to infected blood,’ the letter stated. ‘At this time NJDOH is not aware of any disease transmission, but you may be at risk for developing an infection as a result of this improper practice.’

The Department of Health said that the nurse had changed the needle between each injection, but re-used the same syringe each time.

Both the needle and syringe should be only ever be used once and disposed of, added Jill Swanson, West Windsor Health Officer.

Free blood tests are now taking place for the employees at the West Windsor Township Senior Center, run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with the Health Department and TotalWellness.

Patients must then be re-tested in four to six months before they can be given a clean bill of health.

One Otsuka Pharmaceutical employee told NBC News that having to wait so long for the results was giving her ‘incredible anxiety.’

Officials investigating the incident also found that the nurse also gave less than the recommended dose of flu shot at the Mercer County clinic.

The Department of Health warned that anyone wanting to be protected against flu this winter would need to have another vaccination.

A spokesperson for TotalWellness said the company was ‘dedicated to ensuring all participants receive any and all appropriate screenings, care and counseling until this matter is resolved.’

Otsuka Pharmaceutical were unavailable for comment.

It is not the first time a medical blunder has potentially put lives at risk.

In 2014, more than 4,000 patients were warned they could have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis at a New York hospital after insulin pens used to treat diabetes were reused on more than one person.

South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside on Long Island, near New York City, said 4,200 patients may have received insulin from the pens – not a single-use disposable needle – that could have been used on more than one patient from as far back as 2011.

‘The risk of infection from this is extremely low,’ the hospital said in a statement, adding it was recommending patients ‘be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.’

When asked if anyone was confirmed to have been infected a hospital spokeswoman said ‘not to my knowledge.’

 HIV and hepatitis are spread by sharing bodily fluids such as blood and semen. The most common way HIV is spread in the U.S. is through sex and sharing needles, according to the Aids.gov website.

Hannah Parry

Views: 185

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion



"Destroying the New World Order"



mobile page


12160 Administrators


Latest Activity

Doc Vega commented on Doc Vega's blog post Letitia James You know the one who Announced She was going after Donald Trump Now targets Ivermectin!
"The Communists from within will not let you co-exist they will continue to try to steal your…"
3 hours ago
Doc Vega posted a blog post

Letitia James You know the one who Announced She was going after Donald Trump Now targets Ivermectin!

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/wp-content/uploads/0-1468-600x313.jpg 600w,…See More
3 hours ago
Mr. Sizzle posted photos
6 hours ago
Mr. Sizzle favorited Doc Vega's blog post A Message to Illegal Aliens
7 hours ago
Doc Vega posted blog posts
Doc Vega commented on Doc Vega's blog post A Point in History
"cheeki kea Thank you for your inspiring words! Always a pleasure to hear from you."
Doc Vega posted blog posts
cheeki kea commented on cheeki kea's photo
cheeki kea posted a photo
cheeki kea commented on Doc Vega's blog post A Point in History
"That's thought provoking Doc V. But you're not "Just" (simply) an unknown St.…"
cheeki kea left a comment for Lora Lee Abel
"Hi Lora if it won't correct you could change photo for similar one. I have not used a phone…"
Doc Vega posted blog posts
MAC posted a video

IDAHO SHUTS DOWN FARMERS "We're all going to fail"

Idaho shuts down 500,000 acres of farm land with water curtailment. Video sourced from @oneatatime8677 0:00 Water curtailment impacts Idaho farmers, risking ...
Lora Lee Abel left a comment for cheeki kea
"hi, I was wondering if you could turn my photo around, it was right side up when I added it but I…"
Jun 7
cheeki kea left a comment for Lora Lee Abel
"Greetings to you Lora so cool that you've joined us. I'm sure you'll find many…"
Jun 7
Lora Lee Abel is now a member of 12160 Social Network
Jun 7
Larry Harmen posted a blog post

China has weaponized Ebola to take over North America after WW3

The Defense Minister with his own Mouth has said it.…See More
Jun 6
Doc Vega posted a blog post

The Tricky Maneuvering over Operation Overlord 6, June 1944

Supreme Commander over the allied forces involved in the D-Day amphibious landing on June 6, 1944,…See More
Jun 6
cheeki kea posted photos
Jun 6
Burbia posted a photo
Jun 5

© 2024   Created by truth.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

content and site copyright 12160.info 2007-2019 - all rights reserved. unless otherwise noted