By MARLO BARNHART
Last fall, a young nurse gave a moving talk to doctors and nurses at Washington County Hospital of how she contracted AIDS from an accidental needle stick at her Lancaster, Pa., hospital.
Since then, all of the old catheters at the hospital in Hagerstown have been replaced with an advanced model that will prevent such a tragedy.
"We made the decision for the safety of our health care employees," said Kathy Morrisey, infection control practitioner.
The difference in the cost is triple, Morrisey said, noting the hospital purchases about 54,000 catheters a year.
The old catheters - which were bare needles going in and bare needles coming out - cost 58 cents each, Morrisey said, for a total annual cost of $29,160.