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Six hepatitis deaths brings $16K fine for assisted living center

The assisted living center where six residents died from hepatitis B has been fined $16,000, by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, reports WRAL.com, July 23. [1]

An investigation by the state health department linked the deaths to unsafe blood glucose monitoring practices [2] at Glen Care of Mount Olive, NC. “Monitors were sometimes stored together, weren’t labeled with residents’ names and weren’t disinfected after each use, according to investigators,” reports WRAL.com. Two other residents also contracted hepatitis B from reused devices.

Officials from Glen Care disagree with the finding of the investigation, suggesting that the hepatitis infections are from outside sources or from residents sharing drinks or having unprotected sex, according to the report.

The assisted living center has 60 days to appeal or pay the fine.

For guidance on preventing unsafe injection practices with blood glucose monitors, see Infection Control and Safe Injection Practices: Diabetes Care on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Tools page [3].

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