Wisconsin clinic may have exposed patients to bloodborne disease

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Posted: Aug 30, 2011 1:43 PM
Wisconsin clinic may have exposed patients to bloodborne disease

MADISON, Wis (Reuters) - A Wisconsin health clinic said on Monday it was notifying 2,345 patients that a former employee may have exposed some of them to blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis or HIV from 2006 through 2011.

The Madison, Wisconsin-based Dean Clinic said it had notified state and local health officials that the employee had made "inappropriate" use of insulin demonstration pens and finger stick devices for patient training during some visits.

"Therefore, there is the potential that patients were exposed to blood-borne diseases (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV)," Dean Clinic said in a statement.

An internal investigation prompted the clinic to contact the 2,345 patients by telephone and letter to determine whether they had been exposed, it said. The clinic's investigation determined that it was an isolated incident, it said.

The clinic, which has about 60 locations in southern Wisconsin, said it was retraining workers on the use of the devices and changing the way it observes clinical practices by its staff members.

(Writing by David Bailey; Editing by Jerry Norton)