Reused insulin pens putvets at risk in Buffalo
The Associated Press
BUFFALO -- More than 700 patients at the Buffalo Veterans Administration Center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C because of the accidental reuse of insulin pens, according to a hospital statement and published reports.
BLOG: The Daily Apple | PHOTOS: Dropping LBs
DATA: Explore hospital rankings | Compare hospital charges | Uninsured people in NY | Docs paid by Novartis | Compare hospital infection data | How Li reps voted on health bills
WEIGH IN: Ask your fitness questions
The VA also notified western New York members of Congress of the possible exposure.
In a statement to The Associated Press, VA spokeswoman Evangeline Conley said the hospital "recently discovered that, in some cases, insulin pens were not labeled for individual patients." She added that "although the pen needles were always changed, an insulin pen may have been used on more than one patient."
Conley said that once this was discovered the hospital took "immediate action" to ensure the insulin pens were being used according to pharmaceutical guidelines. The VA said it is offering free blood tests to rule out any infections.