Hospital Notifies Patients of Possible Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure from Multiuse Insulin Pens

March 19, 2014 | Strategic Insights for Health System


A Long Island, New York, hospital has notified over 4,000 patients that they may have been exposed to bloodborne pathogens, including hepatitis and HIV, through insulin shots they received while at the facility, states a March 12, 2014, CBS News article. According to the article, concerns were raised after a nurse was overheard saying that multiuse insulin pens could be used on multiple patients, when in fact, these devices are only intended for multiple uses on the same patient.

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