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Springville Journal letter: Bertrand Chaffee Hospital does not reuse insulin pens

Recently, you may have heard of concerns at Olean General Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Buffalo, regarding inappropriate insulin pen re-use.

We have been contacted by many patients, over the last several weeks, regarding the potential exposure to blood-borne diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C. The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital medical staff takes special care, regarding the prescribing and administration of medications.

Specifically to prevent the potential for such exposure, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has never stocked any insulin pens in our facility. In fact, an insulin pen can only be used at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital when a physician orders a patient to bring their own personal insulin pen from home (not used by anyone else).

The BCH medical staff convenes regularly, to be certain that the selection and administration of medications is consistent with recognized best practices, which, in turn, assures the highest standards of medication safety for our patients.

Dr. Michael Barnett
Doctor of pharmacy

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