Kevin, ss I understood the press release, they were referring to the use of one syringe or one needle on two or more different patients. Apparently, several cases of Hepatitis C have been transmitted by anesthesia providers through the reuse of needles. I am sure there have been transmissions by other health professionals, but they specifically cited cases of certain anesthesia providers.
Nilepoc, if you are preparing two gtts from one syringe before you ever see the patients, I do not feel this is reusing a needle. I was referring to the practice of using a syringe or needle(especially a needle) on one patient and then also using it on the next patient. The press release was not very specific when discussing which questions were asked in the telephone interviews. However, I do know they asked all particpants (MDA's, MD's, CRNA's, and RN's) if there was ever an appropriate time to use the same syringe or needle on two different patients and only 56% said no. Granted, some of those who said yes may have been referring to the type of situation you described in which the syringes are used to prepare gtts, not to actually inject drugs into patients. However, if I were asked that question I would not think of that situation, I would assume they meant to ask about direct use of a syringe/needle on a patient (But, we all know what happens when we assume things, don't we?).