Hepatitis C Incident at Good Samaritan Hospital
- Kayla Scribner – Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department - KScrivner@tpchd.org
- Investigating hepatitis C reported to the health department ( more about hepatitis C at https://medlineplus.gov/hepatitisc.html -ed).
- Only risk factor was from the health system when they were in an Emergency Room
- It is called a category A breach – the Center for Disease Control recommends anyone that was seen by the nurse gets tested for blood-borne pathogens (Bourne Pathogens, a new film starring Matt Damon? OK, probably not, although I’ve lost track of the franchise since they killed off the female lead at the start of the second movie – why do they do stuff like that. I’m watching a movie to escape from sad things. If I want sad, the human condition is always there for me…-ed). Happened at Good Samaritan Hospital – nurse had possible contact with 3,000 patients.
- There are notifying anyone seen in the Good Sam Emergency Room from March 2017 to August 2017 – they all need to get testing. Many of those in the system are listed as homeless. Want folks to come in for testing. Kayla has a list with names and birthdates – some have phone numbers. Trying to do some word of mouth and outreach. If you have a client you can e-mail Kayla ( KScrivner@tpchd.org ) to get a lab slip so the client can go in and get testing for free. Hepatitis C is treatable – and we want them to get that treatment (I had a mystery liver disease when I was 12 and spent 4 weeks honing my dry-heaving skills – not recommended –ed). Want to get treatment to everyone who was exposed.
- If you have clients who were seen at Good Sam – please get in touch with Kayla so they can get the lab slip and check the clients name against their list.