Nurse Fired After Exposing Thousands to Hepatitis & HIV

The State Board of Nursing for one state recently reprimanded a former diabetes nurse educator after she potentially exposed more than 2,000 patients to hepatitis or HIV. The board also fined the nurse $450 and required that she take classes on medical errors, infection control and exposure to blood-borne pathogens.

The nurse mistakenly reused insulin demonstration pens and finger stick devices, on multiple individuals, possibly exposing 2,345 patients to hepatitis B or C, or HIV, from 2006 to Aug. 10, 2011. Thousands of patients have had to be tested for the viruses following the mistake. It is unknown whether any individuals actually contracted a virus in connection with the incident. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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