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Improper Understanding of a Device Puts More Than 50 Patients at Risk of HIV

by Savitha C Muppala on  February 9, 2011 at 11:51 PM Hospital News   - G J E 4
A nurse recruit at a NSW clinic mistakenly thought that the Accu-check Multiclix, a device used to check blood sugar levels, was designed to automatically change needles each time it was used to test patients.
 Improper Understanding of a Device Puts More Than 50 Patients at Risk of HIV
Improper Understanding of a Device Puts More Than 50 Patients at Risk of HIV
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Dangerously enough, this device was used between November 28th and January 28th on almost 50 cancer patients using only a single needle and putting them at great risk of HIV and Hepatitis.

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Dr Michael Jones, chairman of the private radiology company PRP Diagnostic Imaging which manages the Gosford clinic, explained that the nurse was unaware that the equipment needed a manual needle change for each patient.

Expressing deep disappointment and regret, the clinic has sent apology letters to patients advising them to undergo blood testing for HIV, hepatitis B and C.



Source: Medindia
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