Then and now
There seems to have been no consideration for infection control with regard to the use of multi-dose vials in the military in previous decades. Hence the massive outbreak of blood-borne pathogen infections we see in our veteran populations today and in those veteran-victims who are now deceased. As these CDC posters indicate, their misuse was and still remains a VERY high risk factor for the transmission and acquisition of hepatitis and HIV. Injections given by jet injector (also referred to as jet guns) and syringes of previous times employed multi-dose vials.
Note that on the fourth slide, 37% of all new hepatitis infections in older adults are linked (“may be”) to unsafe injections therefore the timid CDC has finally begun to address the crisis and stress prevention to providers and patients. Why now? My guess is that the cost of the new miracle drugs is the impetus. I’ll post other CDC multi-dose vial warning guidance materials soon.
These images can be used as evidence in your HCV claims.