The five nurses linked to misuse of insulin pens at Derby’s Griffin Hospital will not be terminated or suspended, a hospital spokesman said.
Meanwhile, the hospital has tested almost 1,000 patients for HIV and
hepatitis as a result of the error, and hopes to test another 2,000.
In May, hospital officials announced that pieces of a small number of
insulin pens, used primarily to treat diabetes, had been used on more
than one patient, leading to possible contamination.
health officials say they are doing a good job of tracking the disease,
but they also tied rising infection rates to another epidemic, that of
They say injection drug users spread hepatitis C through shared use of needles and other drug paraphernalia.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: NSW Health creates an interactive online party
experience to give 18-24-year-olds a hard-hitting message about the
risks of contracting Hep C.
Hepatitis C is often misunderstood as only a concern for “junkies”, and
those who associate with dirty needles. A key audience that had a
misconception around hepatitis C was 18-24-year-olds. In fact only 5%
saw themselves at any risk. (Source: TNS for NSW Government)
demonstrated a problem, how can you hope to make a message stick with a
famously hard-to-reach group when the message is about something they
feel is someone else’s problem? A big budget awareness campaign
targeting all of the 18-24-year-olds in NSW wasn’t an option; the budget
was just $200k. Mediacom had to be clever with the money by closely
relating the message to occasions where Hep C is contracted. This was
the key task.
“The pipes are very durable and less likely to chip and cut drug users’
mouths, which helps stop the spread communicable diseases including HIV
and hepatitis C.”
Vancouver is the home to Canada’s first-ever crackpipe vending
machines, which were erected in the city’s troubled Downtown Eastside a
bid to curb the spread of disease amongst drug users.
Portland Hotel Society’s Drug Users Resource Centre operates two of the
machines, which dispense Pyrex crackpipes for just $0.25.
UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMMC) is changing the way it manages and
staffs its hemodialysis unit at the University Campus in Worcester
after it was confirmed that a patient was infected with the Hepatitis C
virus there last year.
“New policies and tightened procedures have been implemented on the
University Campus unit, all staff on the unit have undergone
supplemental education and training, and changes to the operating
structure of the unit have been completed.”
A patient contracted hepatitis C at a hospital in Lanarkshire, a health board investigation has found.
The patient was infected with the virus during an in-patient stay at Monklands Hospital in April 2012.
NHS Lanarkshire has written to a further seven patients and contacted their GP as a precaution.