Insulin pen problem brings in hundreds for tests

Sample of insulin pens used at Griffin Hospital in Derby.
Sample of insulin pens used at Griffin Hospital in Derby.

DERBY, Conn. (AP) — Griffin Hospital says it has tested about 750 patients for hepatitis, HIV and other infections following last month’s announcement that staff had been misusing insulin pens.

The hospital sent letters to about 3,000 diabetes patients dating back to 2008 urging them to be tested after it discovered that nurses had been using the pens on multiple patients, replacing only the needles before each use.

Health officials say the pens could have become contaminated through the backflow of blood.

Hospital officials tell the Connecticut Post that 817 responded to the letter to schedule tests. No results have been released.

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Information from: Connecticut Post

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