Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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More than 4,200 patients have been warned by a New York hospital on Wednesday of possible HIV and hepatitis exposure. The patients received insulin from a pen reservoir that is reported to have possibly contaminated with the virus.
Pen reservoir is the needle not meant for single-use. It is in the shape of a pen and often used by hospitals to give the hormone to patients. It also has a cartridge called reservoir.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the pens are suppose to be limited to one patient use as the regurgitation of blood into the insulin cartridge can occur after the injection, and this would further risk blood-borne pathogen transmission even after the needle is changed.
A released statement from South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside on Long Island said the infection risk is very low and the patients are recommended to be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.
Hospital spokeswoman said until now there has been no confirmed case of infection. She adds about 4,200 patients have signed up for the free blood testing.
The hospital added further in the statement they have implemented a hospital-wide policy that bans insulin pens ban and only permits for single-patient-use vials to administer insulin treatments to patients.
According to CDC, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and hepatitis to several viral infections that results with liver infection.
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