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June 23, 2017

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14 Year Old Child Bride Facing Death Penalty for Murdering Husband -

Saturday, November 29, 2014

BREAKING: New Coal Disaster In West Virginia -

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

U.S. Hostage Freed by Colombia’s FARC Rebels (Video) -

Monday, October 28, 2013

Here’s Why The Zimmerman Verdict Matters -

Sunday, July 14, 2013

BREAKING! UK Government Spied On Allies At TWO G20 Summits (Video) -

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Swiss Support Tougher Asylum Legislation as Refugee Numbers Spike -

Monday, June 10, 2013

American Woman Killed in Syria Fighting for Terrorists, Syrian TV Claims (Video) -

Friday, May 31, 2013

CO2 in the Air Reached its Highest Level in Human History -

Friday, May 10, 2013

Terms of the New Abortion Bill Agreed by Irish Cabinet -

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Boston In Lockdown As Manhunt Intensifies -

Friday, April 19, 2013

2 Dead, Dozens Injured After Boston Marathon Bombing -

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fast Food Workers in New York Stage Surprise Strike -

Saturday, April 6, 2013

N. Korean Rhetoric Provokes Missile Shield Deployment -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eyewitness Accounts from Meiktila Massacre -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sudan to Free All Political Prisoners -

Monday, April 1, 2013

A New Free Press In Burma Juxtaposed With Genocide: The World Will Be Watching -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Pressure Builds to End Ethnic Violence in Myanmar -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Activists Demand Action As Further Genocide Looms -

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cyprus Reaches Last-Minute Bailout Deal With EU -

Monday, March 25, 2013

Myanmar Muslims Brace for Possible Genocide -

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Don’t Call it an Accident: 700 Veterans Possibly Exposed to HIV

More than 700 patients in the Buffalo Veteran’s Administration Hospital may have been exposed to HIV, various forms of Hepatitis, and other blood-borne diseases. A number of news outlets such as ABC, and the Huffington Post have used the word “accidental” in their reports of this recent development. When considering the means by which this exposure has occurred, however, it is clear that a more appropriate word would be “negligent.”

A memo released by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs reported that between October 2010 and November 2012, single patient use insulin cartridges were used on multiple patients. Diseases could be transmitted if bodily fluids flowed into the cartridge during use.

Although according to Rep. Collins of Buffalo, the chance of disease transmission in this instance at Buffalo V.A. is “very, very low,” the Institute for Safe Medication Practices wrote in 2008, “at least two studies have shown that biological contamination of insulin occurred in up to half of all insulin pen cartridges” that had been used on multiple patients in hospitals.

This is not the first time that has happened in an army hospital. In 2009, Bloomberg.com reported that a hospital in Texas and another in Louisiana made the same mistakes in administering insulin. At that time, FDA reported that “current instructions for use for all insulin pens already state that the pens are not to be shared among patients.” If in 2009, all insulin pens were labeled for individual patient use, why did the same errors occur up to 2012?

It is not clear why an increasing number of hospitals are choosing to use reusable insulin pens. A pen for each patient requiring insulin injections must be stored in proper conditions labeled with the patient’s name. According to Buffalo Business First, routine inspection found cartridges without any patient name label. Reusable insulin pens have a place in a private home, but not in a hospital where improper training on safety standards (or, more concisely: negligence) can spread disease.

E.A. King (3 Posts)

E.A. is a junior at Juniata College who will be receiving her bachelor’s degree in political science and French language. In the past, she has interned for organizations such as AARP New Jersey and Global Youth Connect, based in New York City. At AARP, she participated in projects to advocate for access to personal home care for seniors. Her goals for the future are to be part of advocacy organizations for women’s rights, health care access, and the rights of the disabled.