Suit: Hospital staff used same insulin pens on patients

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) – A judge won’t toss a class action lawsuit alleging employees at a Connecticut hospital used the same insulin injection pens on multiple diabetic patients, putting them at risk of HIV or other blood-borne diseases.

The Connecticut Post reports (http://bit.ly/2kV5qPr ) the Superior Court judge ruled that a jury will decide whether Griffin Hospital is liable for the staff’s alleged negligence. A trial date hasn’t been set.Related Content: Misused insulin pens at Griffin Hospital could mean risk of deadly disease for patients

In 2014, hospital CEO Patrick Charmel had sent a letter to 3,149 former patients saying it had “identified the possibility” that insulin pens ordered for patients hospitalized between September 2008 and May 7, 2014 “may have been misused.”Related Content: Thousands potentially affected by possible insulin pen misuse

The suit claims that as many as 11 employees at the Derby hospital used the same insulin pens on patients.

A hospital spokeswoman declined to comment.

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