Wisconsin Clinic Warns of Possible Disease Exposure
August 30, 2011
The Madison-based Dean Clinic announced Monday that it is seeking to contact 2,345 patients to advise they get tested for HIV and hepatitis B and C. Between 2006 and two weeks ago, a nurse employed by the clinic was improperly reusing insulin demonstration pens and finger-stick (lancet) devices during the training of newly diagnosed diabetics, the clinic said.
A fellow employee alerted Dean Clinic to the problem earlier in August. An internal investigation found the nurse used clean needles but the same pen each time on patients. However, even a microscopic amount of blood backflow could endanger the next patient if the pen itself is reused. The finger-stick device is also supposed to be used on only one patient. The nurse changed to new needles from patient to patient while reusing the device's handle, which poses an infection risk.
08.29.2011; Todd Richmond
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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