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A malfunction has many worried about blood borne diseases


A letter was sent out as a warning to 283 patients from the New Hanover Community Health Care Center, telling them there could be a chance they may have been exposed to a virus.

This comes after an employee discovered a malfunction in a device used for testing diabetes patients. There is a chance more than one patient may have been stuck with the same lancet.

“The day we found out that the machine did not work properly, we immediately took it out of service,” explained New Hanover Community Health Center CEO Alfred Thomas.

Cape Fear Community College nursing director, Brenda Holland said exposure to the same needle could mean patients may have contracted a blood borne illness. “Hepatitis C, D, HIV those microorganisms could potentially be introduced into another person who did not already have that disease.”

Anyone whose blood was tested with the device from January 1st to June 3rd is being asked to come in to the center for re-testing, free of charge.

“There safety and their health is our primary concern, and we want to do everything to ensure that takes place,” said Thomas.

The device was pulled out of service in June, along with similar ones that were in use. A number of patients have already been re-tested for wrongful exposure; so far no one has tested positive.

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videoImagine paying your doctor a visit, only to learn weeks after, you may have been exposed to a blood borne disease. That is what New Hanover Community Health Center is warning some of the patients about, after discovering a malfunction device used for diabetes testing.

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