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Sentinel Event Alert Issue 52: Preventing infection from the misuse of vials

June 16, 2014
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Sentinel Event Alert Issue 52: Preventing infection from the misuse of vialsThousands of patients have been adversely affected by the misuse of single-dose/single-use and multiple-dose vials. The misuse of these vials has caused harm to individual patients through occurrences and outbreaks of bloodborne pathogens and associated infections, including hepatitis B and C virus, meningitis, and epidural abscesses. Adverse events caused by this misuse have occurred in both inpatient and outpatient settings, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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