New Hampshire hospital accidentally exposes patient to HIV, family says


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  • Thomas Simmons

    This is nothing more than hysteria and pseudo-science that only serves to stigmatize people with HIV. HIV can only be transmitted by infected semen or blood directly entering the bloodstream of another. Anyone who knows the slightest bit about diabetes and insulin would know that insulin injections are subcutaneous, and never enters the bloodstream. Ever.

  • Joseph Colorado

    Accidents are unavoidable errors and not something preventable.

    This is/was preventable and should not be described as accidental. Accidental doesn't mean it was a purposeful act ... this was negligence and not an accident.

  • Laurie Gagne

    Insulin pens clearly state that they are not to be used by more than one person. I don't understand why this hospital is not using syringes and vials to administer insulin. This is totally wrong on so many levels.

  • Lloyd Marcom

    This guys chance of contracting HIV from this incident is about as close to zero as you can get. Did the hospital screw up? Yep. Did they cause this guy SOME emotional harm? Maybe. The reality is, if you understand transmission and the virus at all, this is a hardly something to be concerned about. Even if they used the same pen and the same needle, the likelihood of transmission if there were any time between the sticks is still pretty low. Using an insulin pen is pretty different than using a syringe for shooting drugs (where the user often draws blood up into the syringe to make sure they are in a vein) and then someone else uses it without time for the blood to dry / degrade. HIV is a pretty fragile virus for all the damage it can do.

    He's on retrovirals so even if he were infected, it won't come to anything.

  • EastCoastGirl

    OH HELL NO! Is this really happening in hospitals?

  • Stonecrusher

    Hygiene protocol may have been lax, but the report says the son injected his father after pricking himself. Doesn't seem that hospital personnel were involved.

  • Charles_Heston

    So if they both test negative for HIV will they still sue?

  • Stonecrusher

    Patient has an unfortunate last name.

  • Quantez Williams

    Cynical, but they should be hoping the dad gets it. He's already lived a very long life and the HIV probably won't impact that. On the positive side, he'll get millions from the lawsuit.

  • Don'tBotherMe

    I should think and HIV-use products would have bright labels to identify it easier. That said, wouldn't she be required to show the patient he is receiving insulin from his own personal pen?

  • Siestasis42

    Hospitals always fall back on the federal rule not discuss a patients condition when they make life threatening errors. Yes you are not allowed to give out info on patients but you should be able to with the patients permission.

  • Realpshep

    Is that hospital that cheap that they re-use epi pen shells? Things used on HIV patients should be put in bio hazard containers immediately after use. No exceptions.