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Nurse practitioner at St. Paul Allina clinic accused of reusing syringes on 161 patients

Liz Lightfoot was in a work meeting when she got a phone call from Allina Health. She wasn’t expecting the call and wondered if she’d missed a bill payment or — worse — was receiving bad news from a dermatology appointment last year.

Instead, Allina informed Lightfoot that a nurse practitioner at a dermatology clinic at Bandana Square in St. Paul had reused a syringe — but not the needle — during an injection on Lightfoot during a recent appointment. The health care system told Lightfoot that she should be tested for HIV and hepatitis.


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