Reused Syringes in Nevada Clinic Prompt Hep. C, HIV Fears

March 06, 2008 12:13 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The Southern Nevada Health District discovered that a local clinic was reusing syringes. At least six cases of hepatitis C resulted, more feared.

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In the largest public health notification in U.S. history, some 40,000 patients seeking treatment at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada are being urged to get tested for hepatitis C and HIV after it was discovered that the clinic and its affiliates were re-using syringes and medication vials over the course of four years.

Six cases of acute hepatitis C have been reported among patients of the clinic.

A formal complaint was filed against Dr. Dipak Desai and his staff for their allegedly negligent practices.

The Southern Nevada Health District said it identified a link between the six acute hepatitis C cases because “five had procedures on the same day. Genetic testing on four of the cases from that day has identified they likely came from a common source.”

Blog Wizbang, written by a former radiologist, says, “If told to reuse syringes I would have refused and reported the person who ordered me to do so to management.”

Hepatitis C, like HIV, is transmitted via the blood. The sharing of intravenous needles is one of the more common modes of infection.

Headline Link: ‘Vegas Clinic May Have Sickened Thousands’

Reference: Hepatitis C and HIV

Hepatitis C

Opinion: Gross negligence

Background: The Southern Nevada Health District


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