2nd NY hospital warns of potential pen infection
OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) - A second western New York hospital is notifying patients that they may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C through the improper sharing of insulin pens.
Hospital officials say the action follows an internal review conducted after recent news reports brought the issue of insulin pen-sharing to light. Last week, the Veterans Affairs hospital in Buffalo said more than 700 patients may have been exposed to blood-borne pathogens over a two-year period when multi-use pens intended for use by a single patient may have been used on more than one person.
The Olean hospital is recommending blood screening.