South Nassau warns of possible contaminations
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“In terms of length of time, I can say that we expect to continue and manage this and respond to it appropriately with respect for our patients and with respect for our mission to the community. I don’t think we have any other expectations other than to be accountable to our patients and the communities we serve.”
The hospital began sending out letters to diabetic patients in February, and outlined its response to the situation in a statement sent to the Herald on Wednesday morning, which said: “To facilitate the [testing] process, the hospital is offering the patients free and confidential blood testing services. It has established a dedicated telephone number that the patients may call to schedule a blood test within 60 days after receiving the letter.”
SNCH has also implemented a hospital-wide policy banning the use of insulin pens and permitting only single-patient-use vials for administering treatments. Many administrators at other local hospitals, such as Catherine Hottendorf, executive director at Franklin Hospital, in Valley Stream, have confirmed that their health institutions do not use insulin pens at all.
Additional reporting by Vikas Girdhar