Risk of infection from needle reuse at a phlebotomy center

T. C. Porco, T. J. Aragón, S. E. Fernyak, S. H. Cody, D. J. Vugia, M. H. Katz, David Bangsberg

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Objectives. This study determined infection risk for HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV) from needle reuse at a phlebotomy center that possibly exposed 3810 patients to infection. Methods. We used a model for the risk of infection per blood draw, supplemented by subsequent testing results from 1699 patients. Results. The highest risk of transmission was for HBV infection: 1.1 × 10-6 in the best case and 1.2 × 10-3 in the (unlikely) worst case. Subsequent testing yielded prevalence rates of 0.12%, 0.41%, and 0.88% for HIV, HBV, and HCV, respectively, lower than National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III prevalence estimates. Conclusions. The infection risk was very low; few, if any, transmissions are likely to have occurred.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)636-638
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Porco, T. C., Aragón, T. J., Fernyak, S. E., Cody, S. H., Vugia, D. J., Katz, M. H., & Bangsberg, D. (2001). Risk of infection from needle reuse at a phlebotomy center. American Journal of Public Health, 91(4), 636-638.