FL--Hospital-HIV Exposure

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida hospital, where officials say a nurse may have exposed more than 1,800 patients to
HIV and hepatitis by reusing medical supplies, says patients have begun getting tested.

Officials at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale said on Tuesday that of 1,851 patients who were potentially exposed, 410 have so far gotten tested. But officials haven't confirmed any test results yet.

Earlier this month, the hospital said it discovered that Qui Lan, 59, was reusing IV tubing and saline bags during cardiac chemical stress tests.

A hospital official has said the chances of infection are low, but it can't be ruled out.

Police are investigating. Lan's lawyer said her client didn't do anything wrong.
On The Net: Broward General Medical Center: http://www.browardhealth.org/patientnotice

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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