Sixth Hepatitis B Death At GlenCare

A sixth person has died in connection with a hepatitis B outbreak at a Wayne County assisted living center.

Public health officials say the former resident of GlenCare of Mount Olive died November 23. While the woman's cause of death is not known, the state says she was diagnosed with acute hepatitis B virus in October during the screening of residents at the facility.

Follow up testing shows that two additional residents have antibodies to hepatitis B that indicate possible infection with the virus. The state says those two residents were never diagnosed and both have recovered.

The state believes unsafe use of blood-glucose monitors likely caused the outbreak.

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  • by unpaid Location: mt olive nc on Dec 4, 2010 at 04:25 PM
    The employee's "some of them" do care about the patient's. There are some though that don't care one way or the other,I personally think that Glenn-Care holding the employee's paycheck's when they should pay them is morally wrong, Greed...point made...
  • by families concerned Location: nc on Dec 2, 2010 at 02:51 PM
    for all you people know beaware that there is alot of cover up in these homes they all cover up for each other so no one will gets in trobule the lie to you all the time they give them meds. so they want be any trouble some time they yell and holler at these residents they let them lay wet and nasty you can go in at night and find staff sleeping some times they dont even get feed so please be aware
  • by Just Digusting on Dec 1, 2010 at 08:09 PM
    I am a home health nurse, and I visit assisted living facilities regularly. Some are good, some are bad. Let's face it-no one wants to end up in a facility, nor do they want a loved one there, but sometimes this is the only feasible choice. With this being said, there are SO many procedures in place to prevent this. Single use lancets, single use needles, disposable gloves, etc. This is uncalled for. This is not a 3rd world country where supplies are limited. This is not only common sense-it's the law. Read any OSHA law. I can't believe they're not all over this, although they may already be. I can only assume that what happened was the same lancet was being used on multiple patients when checking blood sugars. This is just sick. I hope they also tested these same patients for HIV and Hepatitis C. This is unacceptable on so many levels. I pray for the residents and families.
  • by reality check Location: NC on Dec 1, 2010 at 05:20 PM
    Again the system has failed us. If this had been a skilled facility the doors would have been locked and the building would have been shut down. 5 wrongful death suits and they get a few fines and a slap on the hand. OMG! I guess peoples lives are not as valuable as I thought. The star rankings give this facility 3 stars. Britthaven in Raleigh who were caught overdosing their patients had 4 stars. Honestly I have visited facilities without all the cosmetic bells and whistles who give excellent care to patients and only recieve 1 to 2 stars.Now how reliable and how fair is that? Again it's not what you know its who you know (politicians)Please visit the facilities and speak with residents before placing loved ones. Believe me it is in your best interest. and yes you have the final say so on where you want to place your loved ones.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Dec 1, 2010 at 04:51 PM
    todays tip.start filling out applications elsewhere.can you feel the lawyers closing in?
  • by Healthcare worker Location: Greenville on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:07 AM
    OK, why hasn't this place been closed down yet. Not paying employees and unsterile practices? Come on! The state needs to go in and do something NOW!

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