It’s unfortunate when medical professionals are careless with those who literally place their lives in their hands.
A nurse was caught reusing syringes to administer the flu shot to 67 patients at a free flu vaccination TotalWellness clinic hosted by Otsuka Pharmaceutical in West Windsor, New Jersey. It is unclear how many syringes were reused.
According to ABC News, the incident occurred on September 30. Representatives for TotalWellness say that the nurse was an independent contractor. The company says that they are working to contact the patients and provide resources for potential medical risks. Health officials have recommended that they get tested for hepatitis B and C and HIV.
“The majority of impacted individuals have been contacted by public health officials,” the Health Department said in the statement, “and those efforts are continuing until all potentially affected individuals are reached.”
“We take full responsibility for this incident and are working diligently with the New Jersey Department of Health to resolve this matter as swiftly as possible,” TotalWellness president and founder Alan Kohll said in a statement. “Our sincerest apologies go out to all those affected by this terrible event.”
The state Attorney General’s office said that the unidentified nurse’s license has been temporarily suspended pending further investigation.
“Such conduct evidences that (the nurse) is a clear and imminent danger to the public warranting a temporary suspension of her license to practice nursing in the state,” the order explains.