Wisconsin Clinic Alerts Patients of Hepatitis, HIV Infection Risks

08/30/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Madison, WI — Patients of the Dean Clinic are being contacted over the threat that they may have been exposed to bloodborne illnesses like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV, as reported by WKOW27.

An internal review discovered that a former employee erroneously used insulin pens and finger stick devices during patient training over the last five years, according to Dean officials.

There were reportedly times when the demonstration pens—which are supposed to be used on inanimate objects—were used on patients.

Dean chief medical officer Dr. Mark Kaufman told WKOW27 that the “needles and sharp objects associated with the devices were changed by the former diabetes nurse educator between patients, but the reuse of the devices creates the slight risk small blood particles could transfer from patient to patient.”

Dean Clinic is re-educating patient care staff on how to properly use insulin and blood sugar testing devices. State and local health officials have been notified of the issue.

Each Dean Clinic patient is being contact by phone and mail about the health threat. The clinic will be providing testing and follow-up care for its patients.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Wisconsin personal injury lawyers.

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