A nurse in New Jersey was recently suspended after allegedly reusing “single-use” syringes to administer flu vaccines to 67 people, according to a Washington Post article from earlier this month.
According to reports, the nurse, whose identity was withheld, repeatedly used two disposable syringes — not needles — while giving flu shots at Otsuka Pharmaceutical on September 30. The nurse’s license was temporarily suspended after the New Jersey board of nursing stated that her actions may endanger the public’s health. Since the needles themselves were not reused, health authorities stated that infection risks are minimal; however, the affected patients have been encouraged to undergo testing for hepatitis B and C as well as HIV. Representatives from Ostuka expressed sincere apologies on behalf of the company and will work with authorities to properly address the incident.
While some behaviors certainly warrant the revoking of a professional license, the attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm PC have represented a number of nurses in license defense cases sparked by much less significant actions. If you are facing the prospect of losing your professional license, our legal team may be able to help you address the charges you face in order to achieve a better outcome. To contact our Austin offices, call 512.495.9995 today.