Quality & Patient Safety

Canadian hospital reused syringes for two decades

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, November 25, 2008

At High Prairie Health Complex, in northern Alberta, a handful of nurses have been injecting painkillers with syringes used in tubing attached to other patients, reports the Globe and Mail.

Patients who had dental surgery since 1990 at the same hospital also faced similar risks. No infections have yet to be found, but 2,700 patients have been contacted and told to receive testing for HIV and hepatitis.

The problem was discovered after a manager observed a nurse reusing a syringe, reports the Globe.

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