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Nurse Fired for Sticking Another Nurse with AIDS Needle

November 11, 1989

DALLAS (AP) _ An emergency room nurse was fired for accidentally sticking another nurse with a needle that had been used on a patient with AIDS, according to a published report.

Esther Bauer, a spokeswoman for Parkland Memorial Hospital, on Friday would say only that an unidentified nurse was fired recently for ″gross negligence″ because she failed to follow hospital procedures.

Jody Lain of Grand Prairie told The Dallas Morning News that she was the nurse fired for the Sept. 26 incident.

Ms. Lain said she had drawn blood from a pregnant woman who carried the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS. Ms. Lain said she was carrying two tainted needles to a needle disposal container mounted on a wall when another nurse bumped her from behind.

″We both were kind of knocked sideways,″ Ms. Lain said. ″The needle in my left hand went into her right arm. She laughed about it until I told her the patient was HIV-positive. Then she got hysterical.″

The hospital fired her three days later, Ms. Lain said.