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Author Topic: Hep C Risk Factors: Drug Diversion in Health Care Settings  (Read 6727 times)

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Hep C Risk Factors: Drug Diversion in Health Care Settings
« on: November 05, 2014, 12:20:53 pm »
Since 2008, there have been three reported hepatitis C outbreaks in the U.S. due to drug diversion – in 2009, 2010, and 2012.

In many of these cases, a medical worker removed medication from a syringe or vial and replaced it with saline, water, or other substances. Sterile technique was seldom used, the needle used to inject drugs was rarely replaced.

If healthcare worker happens to be infected with a bloodborne pathogen (for example, undiagnosed hepatitis C) that means that the exposed patients are at very high risk of developing infection.
 
Read more: http://www.hepmag.com/articles/drug_diversion_risks_hepatitis_outbreaks_2502_25550.shtml

 


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