Olean General Hospital Alerts Patients to Possible Insulin Pen Re-Use

January 24, 2013 Updated Jan 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM EDT

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Olean General Hospital Alerts Patients to Possible Insulin Pen Re-Use

January 24, 2013 Updated Jan 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM EDT

Olean General Hospital has announced today a possibility that insulin pens were re-used on different patients.

An internal review raised the possibility of re-use with some patients during the period of November 2009 and January 16th of this year.

Informational packets were sent by the hospital to approximately 1,900 patients.

Hospital officials emphasized there is no documentation at this time of the "transmission of any blood borne infections during the stay of any patient who received insulin from the pens" during the above time period.

Regardless, officials are recommending that those patients who received insulin from an insulin pen at Olean General be tested for HIV and hepatitis B and C. The letter also recommends they be retested for HIV three months after their last insulin injection at Olean General and for hepatitis six months after.

The hospital has established a call center where patients who received the letters are asked to call and make an appointment for testing or to have any questions answered by a nurse.

The number to call is (716) 375-7590 or 1-888-980-1220. You can call seven days a week between the hours of 7 a.m and 8 p.m.

Screening, testing, and counseling will be provided by Olean General for no charge.