Patients in N.Y. sue over syringe reuse

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

April 3, 2013

Corning Hospital in Elimra, N.Y. is facing a lawsuit from 14 patients claiming they were exposed to unsafe injection practices. The suit also names the hospital’s parent company, Guthrie Healthcare System, along with the nurse who allegedly reused syringes on more than 230 patients. The lawsuit states that the nurse may have exposed patients to hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV over a three-month period between October 2012 and January 2013. The lawsuit was filed on March 25.

In February 2013, Corning Hospital notified 236 people of the mistake and advised them to get precautionary testing. The nurse’s co-workers tipped off the hospital officials, but the hospital is not entirely certain who the nurse is. The public relations manager for the healthcare system notes that they are encouraging all patients who received notification to get testing.

Source: Fierce Healthcare