January 25, 2013
Olean General Hospital is the second western New York hospital to notify patients that they may have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis through the improper sharing of insulin pens. The hospital says it is mailing letters recommending blood screening to 1,915 patients who received insulin there from November 2009 through last week. According to hospital officials, the notifications follow an internal review conducted after the recent news of insulin pen-sharing at Buffalo's Veterans Affairs hospital. In the Buffalo case, more than 700 patients may have been exposed to blood-borne pathogens over a two-year period after multi-use pens intended for use on a single individual may have been used on more than one person.