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Any procedure involving blood can possibly transmit hepatitis C or other bloodborne illnesses. Health care providers need to have careful infection control practices in place to protect patient health. Even receiving vitamin infusions, acupuncture or other shots can put you at risk. That’s why practitioners need to take extra care to follow sterilization and infection control procedures to keep you safe.

Nationwide, the opioid epidemic has led to widespread drug abuse, among all ages of people in all walks of life. That includes healthcare workers. When healthcare workers have problems with drugs and addiction, it is possible that patients can be harmed. Patients can be exposed to blood borne pathogens when healthcare workers steal medications for their own use, by accidentally contaminating patient medications with blood or other substances, which can cause infections.