Hospital Potentially Exposes THOUSANDS to HIV, Hepatitis

  • 12/27/2018 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Hospital Potentially Exposes THOUSANDS to HIV, Hepatitis
The New Jersey Department of Health made a startling admission over the holidays.

Up to 4,000 patients at a prominent surgery center may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis B and C. (New York Post)

Officials say patients who had procedures done at the HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook between January 2018 and Sept. 7, 2018, may have been exposed.

Surgery center administrator Betty McCabe says the exposure was due to “deficiencies in infection control” involving the cleaning of instruments and injection of medications. McCabe says 3,778 patients are being urged to get their blood tested.

The health department says the risk of infection is low, and no illnesses have been reported. The department called it “an abundance of caution” to suggest that people be tested.

The ambulatory surgery center is offering to pay medical costs associated with testing.
 Source: AAN
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