Search

Insulin pen scare at Queen’s Hospital, Romford

07:00 16 June 2014

Queen

Queen's Hospital

Archant

An investigation was launched into whether diabetic patients at Queen’s Hospital unwittingly shared insulin pens, risking “cross contamination”.

A report from the directors meeting at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHRUT), last week, said that the issue is currently under review and there have been “incidents where the same pens are being used on a number of patients”.

Confusingly, the trust has now issued a statement saying that this never happened.

Douglas Twenefour, clinical advisor at Diabetes UK, said: “Guidance states that insulin pen devices and cartridges are for single person use only and should not be shared due to risk of cross contamination.”

BHRUT said that needles are disposed of immediately after use and there is no chance they are shared.

BHRUT medical director Stephen Burgess and director of nursing Flo Panel-Coates said: “It was noticed that insulin pens were being stored in a refrigerator where they could have potentially been used on more than one patient.

“However, there is absolutely no evidence that this occurred, and no patients came to any harm.

“Even though there is no evidence that these pens were used on more than one patient, it was rightly raised as an incident, an investigation carried out, and a full programme of training put in place to ensure that all clinical staff are fully aware of insulin safety.”

Read more:

Rings ‘stolen’ from dying woman, 94 - widow would have been ‘devastated’ by loss

Mother praises Queen’s Hospital’s ‘unsung heroes’ who saved daughter’s life

Queen’s Hospital surgeon who removed ovary instead of appendix ‘can keep job’

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

17 minutes ago
Person 1

Detectives are hunting for thugs who carried out a brutal early-morning attack in Romford town centre.

The 'Ho Ho Honut', the stuff of Christmas nightmares

Christmas just got a whole lot better – thanks to a Havering bakery chain.

07:00
Romford Greyhound Stadium

The manager of Romford Greyhound Stadium has defended the track over claims it has the worst dog injury record in the country.

Jade and a couple of her friends are planning to hand out rucksacks full of food to homeless people in Romford town centre - she was inspired by her Uncle who was homeless for 10 years. 
Jade Fenton, with Stevie Smith.

A mother-of-two who was shown the horrors of homelessness when a relative went missing, will be helping those on the streets this Christmas Eve.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition

The mother of seven of the children suffered serious stab wounds. She remains in a stable condition in hospital.

According to the MoD, the answer is a resounded “yes”.

Prices are dropping like nobody’s business – and they’re set to fall further in January.