Friday, November 9, 2012

Hepatitis C-Safeguarding the Medical Injection Process

Published on Nov 8, 2012 by

At the "Partnership with Patients Summit" (Friday, September 21, 2012 through Sunday, September 23, 2012 in Kansas City, MO), I had the opportunity to meet and interview Evelyn V. McKnight, AuD, the brave and inspiring Patient who started the "HONOReform Foundation" to help safeguard the medical injection process after she was infected with Hepatitis C during the largest single source Hepatitis C outbreak in US history.

More specifically, while undergoing chemotherapy in Nebraska for stage III Breast Cancer in 2000, Ms. McKnight (along with 98 other Nebraskans) was infected with Hepatitis C virus after her oncology nurse commonly reused syringes to access a multi-dose container of saline while flushing several patients' IV ports.

After settling her resulting lawsuit, Evelyn McKnight used the proceeds to start the HONOReform Foundation which, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (i.e., the "CDC"), created the ongoing "ONE Needle, ONE Syringe, Only ONE Time" program. Her efforts have helped educate and create medical injection process policies and safeguards to prevent what happened to her, from happening to anyone else.

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