Almost 70 patients tested for HIV nurse is caught reuses a syringe while giving flu shots in New Jer
Several workers are being screened for HIV and hepatitis after a nurse was found reusing a syringe while administering flu shots.
Employees at Otsuka Pharmaceutical which is located in Princeton, New Jersey, On September 30, Otsuka Pharmaceutical staff members were receiving their mandatory vaccinations and may have been exposed to infected blood.
Nearly 70 people have now been called in for testing for infections such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV..
Healthcare provider Total-Wellness confirmed that the nurse contracted to carry out the flu shots had 'failed to follow proper medical procedures and safeguards.'
At this time the New Jersey Department of Health has said no one has been found infected as of yet.
The Department of Health said that the nurse had changed the needle between each injection, but re-used the same syringe each time.
Both the needle and syringe should only be used once used once and disposed of,
Free blood tests are now taking place for the employees at the West Windsor Township Senior Center, run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with the Health Department and Total-Wellness. Patients must then be re-tested in four to six months before they can be given a clean bill of health.