New Jersey Surgery Center Potentially Exposed Thousands To HIV
The New Jersey Department of Health says that a surgery center in Bergen County, New Jersey potentially exposed 3,000 patients to HIV, hepatitis C, and hepatitis B.
Health officials issued a statement asking post-op patients of the HealthPlus Surgery Center to submit to a series of blood tests. Of particular concern are those persons who had a surgical procedure performed at HealthPlus between January and September.
The surgery center notified all patients regarding their potential exposures to dangerous infections.
“We recognize that this may be upsetting to our patients, and we are taking this matter very seriously and taking steps to assist them during this process,” the statement reads. ” To that end, we have provided information about where and when they can get tested, as well as offered to pay for all medical costs associated with testing.
An investigation by the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) revealed that during this time period, lapses in infection control in sterilization/cleaning instruments and the injection of medications may have exposed patients to bloodborne pathogens,” the letter states, adding that it is important to get tested “even if you do not remember feeling sick.”
New Jersey’s Department of Health shut down HealthPlus Surgery Center on September 7, 2018. They said the shutdown was due to the following reasons: “Some members of our staff were not following proper sterile processing procedures and failed to comply with other regulations regarding the dispensing and storage of medication, as well as infection control planning and procedures.”
The exact number of patients potentially exposed to the infections are 3,778. Most of them are from the New Jersey/New York area.
An investigation is ongoing.
Author: Jim Satney
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