By Derek Ishaque
Medpass
February 13, 2013

Ongoing concern about insulin pen reuse in hospitals & long-term care facilities

More than 700 patients at a New York (NY) hospital may have been exposed inadvertently to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B, or hepatitis C because of the reuse of insulin pens on multiple patients after changing the disposable needle (www.ismp.org/sc?id=144).

 

All it takes is one or two individuals who are not aware that it is unsafe to place a new disposable needle on a pen used for one patient and use it to deliver a dose of insulin to another patient. For example, a new graduate nurse or a temporary nurse may not have received proper training regarding the use of insulin pens, and thus a knowledge deficit may exist. Completely controlling for this is difficult, perhaps even impossible, given that unsafe pen use has persisted despite educational efforts and monitoring.

Author Description

Derek Ishaque

Derek is the Owner and CEO of SCRx Pharmacy. He has previous experience in Investment Banking at Bear Stearns and private equity at Bridgescale Partners. Derek has a B.S. in Finance from USC.

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