Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Plastic surgery clinic warned of risk of infection

Plastic surgery clinic warned of risk of infection

The Washington state Department of Health is notifying 415 patients of a plastic surgery clinic that they could have been infected when syringes and drug vials were used multiple times instead of being thrown away after one use.

Patients of the Aesthetic Plastic Surgical Center should consider blood tests for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, the department said Tuesday. The risk of infection is low, but the blood tests were recommended as a precaution for surgical patients of the Spokane clinic from 2006 to last April.

The clinic stopped the practices after an April inspection, the Health Department said.

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