State Claims Wash. Surgery Center Reused Syringes

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 10:42am
Jim Camden

More than 400 patients of a Spokane surgery center are being advised by the state Health Department to get blood tests because of unsafe practices involving medicine and syringes at the center between 2006 and last April.

The department said Tuesday it is trying to contact 415 patients of the Aesthetic Plastic Surgical Center after an inspection in April revealed the center’s surgical technologist was reusing syringes and possibly vials of medicine that should only be used one time for a single patient.

“We believe the risk is low,” said Tim Church, a Health Department spokesman. But patients who had surgery at the center from 2006 through April 18 should be tested by their physician for HIV and hepatitis B and C.

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