Hundreds of thousands of U.S Americans have been victims of injection safety errors by health care providers.This huge problme raised alarm when seven people arrived at a Delaware hospital in March 2011, with drug-resistant MRSA infections. MRSA is also known as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that causes infections in different parts of the body.
Apparently all of the patients had the same strain of MRSA and all had the infections in joints, and all had gotten injections in their joints at the same orthopedic clinic around the same time. Recently after, three patients were admitted and hospitalized in Arizona with MRSA infections, which they also received pain shots at a clinic.
State health officials found that the clinic were injecting multiple patients with medication from a vial that was not meant to be used more than once, spreading the MRSA bacterial infection to new patients.
Evelyn McKnight, 57, contracted Hepatitis C during chemotherapy at a Nebraska oncology clinic. “This is happening in the United States of America, not just in third world countries.” McKnight said.
Within the next month, four more cancer patients also contracted Hepatitis C during chemotherapy. Health and human services from the state of Nebraska and the Center of Disease Control was called in to investigate which resulted finding ninety nine more cancer patients had also contracted Hepatitis C during their treatment as well.
CDC studies show over the past ten years, 150,000 American people have received letters saying you are potentially at risk for Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and HIV because your provider has been using unsafe injection practices.
Dr. Stephen Stein, former Colorado oral surgeon was accused by a state health department of reusing syringes and needles on patients for 12 years. Those who received an IV injection, including sedation from the dentist between September 1999 and July 2011 might have been exposed to HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment released in a statement.
Neatly 8,000 of Stein’s patients were issued letters from the state health department urging them to get tested.