A health scare at a Madison clinic. Officials with Dean Clinic are notifying some 2300 patients who may have been exposed to blood borne diseases like HIV and Hepatitis B and C over the past five years. They discovered a former employee was inappropriately using insulin demonstration pens and finger stick devices during patient training from 2006 until this year. Doctor Craig Sammit is the president and CEO at Dean Clinic. “This was an isolated incident,” said Sammit. “We are reeducating the entire team about appropriate use of these devices, and who gets to use these devices, as well as improving our process of routinely monitoring the care provided by our team.”
“This is a serious matter, but we have no indication that there was anything purposeful about the employee’s actions,” said Sammit. The employee is no longer employed at Dean. The patients involved are receiving phone calls and letters, and Dean will provide follow-up testing and care. Dean has notified state and local health officials about the situation. “We’re hoping that the list is very low, but we’re casting such a broad net because we want to test all the patients that we should appropriately test, and provide reassurances,” said Sammit.
Robin Colbert, WIBA