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Letter: Insulin breach is unacceptable

South Nassau Communities Hospital is sending out thousands

South Nassau Communities Hospital is sending out thousands of letters to patients who may have been exposed to hepatitis and HIV. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Your story about South Nassau Communities Hospital raises important questions ["Hospital is flooded with calls," News, March 13]. The hospital urged roughly 4,200 patients to be tested for hepatitis B and C and HIV, because some might have received insulin injections from pens possibly used on more than one patient.

How could such a thing have happened? This is such a basic safety imperative, there should be no room for error.

Ilene Corina

Suzanne Mattei

Levittown

Editor's note: The writers are, respectively, president of Pulse of New York and executive director of New Yorkers for Patient & Family Empowerment, two advocacy groups.

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