September 1, 2011
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Disease Exposure Via Medical Devices A Growing Concern, CDC Says
Diabetic patients who may have been exposed to blood-borne diseases at a Madison-based clinic are now getting tested for hepatitis and HIV. A nurse who worked at the clinic for the past five years misused equipment to teach them to inject insulin and test their blood sugar levels, the clinic said. Meanwhile, federal officials said they have become increasingly concerned about the risks of transmitting blood-borne viruses when diabetics are assisted with testing their blood sugar levels and insulin injections, and equipment is unsafely reused with multiple patients, as occurred at Dean Clinic (Herzog, 8/31).
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