According to a news release from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the amount of patients that are exposed to blood-borne infections during diabetes testing, glucose monitoring and insulin delivery in groups has increased.
The agency cites misused equipment and improperly trained staff members as a main contributor to the increased number of patients that must be subjects to blood testing for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C over the last decade. But the CDC now expects an uptick in those numbers because of the aging population and increased rate of diabetes.
A statement from the CDC said, "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) has become increasingly concerned about the risks for transmitting hepatitis B virus (HBV) and other infectious diseases during assisted blood glucose (blood sugar) monitoring and insulin administration. Reports of HBV (hepatitis B) infection outbreaks linked to diabetes care have been increasing... In the last 10 years, alone, there have been at least 15 outbreaks of HBV infection associated with providers failing to follow basic principles of infection control when assisting with blood glucose monitoring."
The CDC believes that the issue is of specific concern to long-term care facilities where individuals usually need help to test their glucose levels and to inject insulin.
As a Columbia personal injury lawyer , I know that healthcare professionals face daunting problems with infection prevention care and, occasionally, mistakes can be made. If you've been injured through the administering of insulin in a group setting due to the negligence of a healthcare professional, you may be entitled to compensation. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in your city is a good way to learn more about your legal rights as they apply to your incident.