Dirty Needles from Healthcare Providers Infected Over 150,000 with Hepatitis, B, C, and HIV (Video)Submitted by emalvini on Thu, 12/27/2012 - 22:04
Dirty Needles from Healthcare Providers Infected Over 150,000 with Hepatitis, B, C, and HIV (Video)
USA TODAY8:56a.m. EST
December 27, 2012
In July, more than 8,000 patients of an oral surgeon in Colorado were advised to get tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and hepatitis after state health investigators found that his office reused syringes to inject medication through patients' IV lines. Six patients have tested positive for one of the diseases.
As drug-resistant superbugs and increasingly virulent viruses menace the medical community, health officials still face a quiet threat that was supposed to die with the advent of the disposable syringe 150 years ago: dirty needles.
Since 2001, more than 150,000 patients nationwide have been victims of unsafe injection practices, and two-thirds of those risky shots were administered in just the past four years, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The errors led to at least 49 disease outbreaks, a USA TODAY examination shows, and a trail of victims suffering with potentially life-threatening bacterial infections, such as MRSA, and sometimes fatal viruses, such as hepatitis.