Plastic surgery clinic warned of risk of infection
SPOKANE, Wash. -- 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
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.
Labels: HBV transmission, HCV transmission and prevention, needle reuse, outbreaks, patient warnings, syringe reuse, warning