A nurse in New Jersey has had her license temporarily suspended in light of allegations that she reused syringes will giving flu shots, Associated Press reports. According to the state Attorney General’s office, she is unable to to practice until the state’s board of nursing issues a further ruling.
The nurse, who was administering flu shots to patients at Otsuka Pharmaceutical in West Windsor, allegedly “administered an inadequate amount of the flu vaccine” while using two single-use syringes, the board said in a consent order. If the accusations are shown to be true, it would mean that she engaged in acts of gross negligence, malpractice or incompetence. The order states that “Such conduct evidences that (the nurse) is a clear and imminent danger to the public warranting a temporary suspension of her license to practice nursing in the state,” according to AP.
The nurse was a TotalWellness contractor who administered vaccines to 67 workers on September 30th. There is a low risk of infection, according to health officials; the syringes that hold the vaccines were reused and not the needles. Regardless, health officials advise patients to test for hepatitis B,C and HIV.
“We take full responsibility for this incident and are working diligently with the New Jersey Department of Health to resolve this matter as swiftly as possible,” said TotalWellness president and founder Alan Kohll. “Our sincerest apologies go out to all those affected by this terrible event.”