Risk of blood-borne infection through syringe reuse for IV lines low

10/19/2009 | Leader-Post (Regina, Saskatchewan), The

A safety review conducted by the Canadian province of Saskatchewan on the reuse of syringes in intravenous lines found that the risk of being infected with blood-borne diseases through the practice is "statistically negligible." The researchers also said follow-up testing for affected patients is not necessary. The review was undertaken after the Ministry of Health discovered that health facilities in five health regions in the province had incidents of reusing syringes for IV medication. There were no reported cases of blood-borne infection resulting from the practice, the health ministry said.

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