POSTED: Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 12:43pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:23pm
More than 2,000 diabetic patients at William Beaumont Army Medical Center may be at risk for a blood-borne disease, according to a hospital news release.
2,114 patients admitted to the hospital between August 2007 and January 2009 may be at risk of contracting diseases like hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV, due to the type of insulin injection system being used, states spokesman Clarence Davis in the release.
"In August 2007, WBAMC began using a multi-dose insulin injection pen system. This pen is designed for repeated use on a single patient with a new disposable sterile needle being attached for each injection," stated the release.
"Although new sterile needles were used on all patients with every injection, the pen portion of the system may have been used on more than one patient," read the statement.
Hospital staff believe the risk of infection is low.
Patients who feel they may be affected who have not yet been contacted by WBAMC can call toll-free 1-866-770-0194, a 24-hour, 7 day a week call center number for more information.