Reused needles & Hepatitis Outbreak

  1. Will someone please tell me I am not crazy? The other morning on my way home from work, I was listening to the Today show on the radio, and They were talking about a CRNA and MD being investigated for reusing needles. This happened in the Midwest I think. Anyway there have been about 50 cases of Hepatitis linked to patients of "this nurse".
    No one that I worked with the other night had heard about this, and I am starting to think that maybe i was in a fog driving home after working a 12 hour shift. I remember this because they also had a lawyer on the show who is getting a lawsuit ready against the hospital, etc... His comment that irritated me was that the hospital had a duty to account for all the needles that were used. While I am sure there is a lot more to the story, How do you account for every needle in a hospital?
    Any feedback on this story... or was I dreaming on my way home?????
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  3. by   memphispanda

    You didn't imagine it! It was in the paper here.

  4. by   oramar
    Someone posted this recently, I think it was under the "nurse activism" forum.
  5. by   colleen10
    Hi there,

    I heard about this on a news brief on T.V. My ears perked up because I just wrote a paper on Hep B and my husband is originally from a town near Norman, OK.

    I just can't understand why someone would do that. What was the point of it all?

    I haven't heard anything else about it so if you have new info. let me know.
  6. by   Mofe'ny
    Thanks memphispanda. Glad to know I am not completely losing it! I think it is awful though.
  7. by   sjoe
    See: nursing activism|"nurse anesthetist re-used needles...." on this BB.