More detail given on medical breach at prison

By By JACQUES BILLEAUD

PHOENIX (AP) — A nurse at an Arizona prison could have exposed up to 24 inmates to Hepatitis and HIV when she potentially contaminated insulin vials with a needle that she had re-used to test the blood sugar of several prisoners.

Corrections officials and the company that provides health care services at the state's prisons gave more detail Thursday on the medical-procedure breach four days earlier at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis in Buckeye.

State prison officials say changes will be made to prevent future breaches, such as making sure each patient who needs insulin has his own insulin vial, rather than using the same vial to draw insulin for multiple inmates.

A similar scare at the Lewis prison in August 2012 arose when inmates were given medication with a potentially contaminated needle.

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