Long time since I've posted anything on here but I thought I should share this. Hospitals in West NY have been using insulin pens in multiple patients. Because of this, they are having over 2,000 patients be tested for bloodborne pathogens including HIV and Hepatitis.
I happened to be dx in Dec 09 and spent a week at Olean General Hospital in Olean, NY. I received a letter and went in to get my blood drawn earlier today.
The thing that made me most upset was the treatment I received today. The hospital was very unprofessional and treated me with no sincerity and no empathy at all. If anything they should be as apologetic as possible.
Yes, the chance of infection is minuscule but this is absolutely ridiculous that this practice was going on for over 3 years.
Here are the links to the news story.
I'm curious to hear people's reactions and if nothing else, make people more aware of the dangers of sharing insulin pens.
good news for me, all test results came back negative.
Again, I knew the risk was super super low, yet there was a risk there. To clarify those questioning. Everytime a pen is used, a super super small drop of bodily fluids can be sucked up into the pen which then could have been transplanted into another patient. Again, chances are next to impossible that would actually happen.
I'm glad your Ok Tim. You would think the medical community woud have known better.
This was about as stupid as drinking from the other side of the glass and not expecting backwash from the previous person.
Only an imbecile would think that it's okay to be injected with an insulin pen that had just been used on an HIV patient, even if the needle had just been replaced.
Good news Tim! Let's hope at least some good comes of this (no MORE hospitals being so idiotic)!