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.
(OH'-lee-an) General Hospital says Thursday that it's mailing letters
to 1,915 patients who received insulin at the hospital from November
2009 through last week.
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.