Galway’s hospitals are being asked to review
their procedures for management of blood monitoring equipment following
unannounced inspections at the hospitals by the Health Information and
HIQA, in two reports on the inspections published this week, has
raised concerns that poor management of equipment could put patients at
risk of contracting hepatitis and other blood-borne pathogens.
The authority raised concerns following the discovery of used lancets
for blood sampling which were left in a container used for blood
glucose monitoring equipment at Portiuncula Hospital, as well as blood
stained sticky tape on a window sill in one of the wards.
The inspection at UHG also found glucose monitoring equipment to be stained, prompting a similar warning to revise procedures.
The University of Minnesota
has halted blood-sugar screenings at a St. Paul high-rise residence
because monitoring equipment was being used on multiple patients,
thereby creating an infectious disease risk.
“The risk of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection from a
shared device is low, but there is still a risk,” the U said in a
statement released Thursday. “There have been no reported infections as a
result of this possible exposure.”
Blood-sugar screenings were being offered at Skyline, a high-rise
residence located in the Midway area of St. Paul that caters largely to
immigrant populations, university officials said.
HUMBOLDT COUNTY, NV– At least 21 members of the Fort McDermitt
Paiute Shoshone Tribe have been possibly exposed to Hepatitis B,
Hepatitis C, and HIV, according to the tribe’s Chairman, Tildon Smart.
tells KOLO 8 News Now Wednesday they discovered a blood glucose
monitoring pen had been reused on reservation members during the
Diabetes Wellness Program. The program is managed by Indian Health
Services, according to Smart.