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i30krab 03-20-2008 03:33 PM

Las Vegas aids and hepatitis scare
 
Kennyt, being a physician you should really appreciate this.
I am personal friends with the parents of one of the owners and this guy is almost suicidal.
They told me he didn't know what was going on but I say BS because when I was doing oral surgery for years I always knew what everyone was doing because my name was on the door,
You must read this because they were drawing medication from single patient use vials using sterile needles with nonsterile syringe barrels used on previous patients.

They already found acluster of hepatitis based on DNA analysis showing it came from a carrier who was seen the same day. This carrier actually called the health dept claiming it was probably him and it was documented on his records.


http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/99706.php

rlpiii 03-20-2008 05:01 PM

Re: Las Vegas aids and hepatitis scare
 
Wow, that's scary! I would not be surprised if tomorrow the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada was completely empty and locked up with a saucer plate left spinning on the floor (like in the cartoons.) It would be bad enough having to get a colonoscopy. . . then finding out you got Hep C or possibly HIV from it would truly suck! :)

i30krab 03-20-2008 05:29 PM

Re: Las Vegas aids and hepatitis scare
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rlpiii (Post 13051)
Wow, that's scary! I would not be surprised if tomorrow the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada was completely empty and locked up with a saucer plate left spinning on the floor (like in the cartoons.) It would be bad enough having to get a colonoscopy. . . then finding out you got Hep C or possibly HIV from it would truly suck! :)

They are locked up and the authorities have set up an office to release patient records after they're copied

kennyt 03-20-2008 06:31 PM

Re: Las Vegas aids and hepatitis scare
 
I heard of this a while ago........

Actually it scares the hell out of me. I know how I practice, and I would not and do not expose my patients to this risk, but I fear one day, and with the way health care is going, the people doing the job will be less and less well trained as time goes on, may do this to me one day!

I am an anesthesiologist, so DO work every day with IV meds.

I personally would/will/never use a syringe or needle for more than any one patient. I never would draw fluids from an IV connected to a patient.

I did find it interesting that they were able to detect DNA from the patient all the way up the IV tubing, something that has always been assumed in sterile technique, I just didn't know it was proven until this came out.

This is a huge tragedy and a totally PREVENTABLE thing to happen to these patients, and I feel horrible for them, their families and friends. I can only wish them the best possible outcomes given their new situations and also hope anyone (there are old stall-warts out there that I have heard of that do these types of things) will learn from this and prevent any further people from suffering these things.

I truly am saddened as a physician to hear of these things happening in modern times.


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