Almost 70 patients tested for HIV and hepatitis after nurse is caught REUSING a syringe while giving
Updated: Apr 11, 2019
Almost 70 patients tested for HIV and hepatitis after nurse is caught REUSING a syringe while giving flu shots at New Jersey offices
Nurse administered flu shots to 67 employees at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Department of Health said she had not changed syringe between patientsEmployees were warned they may have been exposed to 'infected blood'They're now being tested for HIV and hepatitis but results will take months
Health authorities in New Jersey said a nurse reused syringes last week while giving flu shots to 67 employees from a pharmaceutical company.
The New Jersey Department of Health and West Windsor Township Health Department announced Wednesday a joint investigation into the “infection control breach” Sept. 30 at an employee flu vaccine clinic at Otsuka Pharmaceuticals in West Windsor, N.J. Health-care agency TotalWellness, which had hired the nurse as a contractor, said that the person “failed to follow proper medical procedures and safeguards.”
“We take full responsibility for this incident and are working diligently with the New Jersey Department of Health to resolve this matter as swiftly as possible,” TotalWellness president Alan Kohll said in a statement. “Our sincerest apologies go out to all those affected by this terrible event.”
The same syringes — not needles — were reused during last week’s clinic though it’s not clear how many syringes were reused, state Department of Health spokeswoman Donna Leusner said in a statement. The risk is low for transmission of hepatitis B and C and HIV, which are blood-borne diseases, she said. But local, state and federal-level Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are still recommending that the impacted patients get tested.