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Audit results

Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) completed a full audit of health care facilities and programs during the first week of November to determine if syringes are re-used. The audit was completed on Friday Nov. 7. No additional facilities or programs were identified.

The regional audit was requested on October 29 by SCHR Medical Health Officer Dr. Shauna Hudson after similar discoveries were announced about one Alberta health facility. It was followed by a requirement for an audit from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health on Oct 31.

SCHR has instructed all health care personnel that, in all circumstances (including administration of medication to intravenous lines), syringes are to be used for one patient only and then discarded after use.

It is important to understand that the actual risk of acquiring an infection in this manner is extremely low. Some expert groups have put the risk at one in a million.

Patients won't likely be tested unless a committee of experts looking into the risk factors deems testing is necessary.

Individuals who may have questions or concerns are encouraged to contact a registered nurse at Healthline at 1-877-800-0002 or on the Internet at

SCHR regrets any anxiety this situation may have caused our patients, staff and physicians.

Media: For more information, please call Cal Tant, CEO, SCHR, at 842-8737.

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