Thousands of patients face possible hepatitis and HIV exposure

A New York hospital warned more than 4,000 people of a potential exposure to hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV after authorities discovered a risk of potential blood contamination.

According to reports, a letter dated Feb. 22, 2014 from the South Nassau Communities Hospital said the patients may have received insulin from an insulin pen reservoir that may have been used with more than one person.

A statement released by the hospital recommended patients be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV although it is believed the risk of infection from this incident is very low.

South Nassau Communities Hospital has since implemented a hospital-wide policy banning the use of insulin pens and will only permit the use of single patient use vials to administer insulin treatments to patients.

The potential exposure was between March 2011 and January 2014.

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