Third Saskatchewan Health Region Reports Reuse of Syringes in Operating Room
November 5, 2008
On Tuesday, a third health region in Saskatchewan said syringes were occasionally reused in an operating room at a local hospital to inject medicine into an intravenous bag. The Sun Country Health Region, in the southeastern corner of the province, said it discovered Weyburn General Hospital had been reusing syringes though it stressed the risk of infection is low. "There is an extremely low-level risk to any patient," the region said in a news release. "The risk is so low that follow-up testing is not recommended at this time." Last week, Saskatchewan public health officials ordered a review of infection control practices at provincial facilities following the news that up to 2,700 patients at a health clinic in High Prairie, Alberta, would be tested for hepatitis and HIV after it was learned that syringes were being reused there.
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