Health officials are warning thousands of patients that they may have been exposed to hepatitis C due to improper medical practice at a New York outpatient clinic.
Results of an investigation by Clark County officials following 6 patients of the clinic being diagnosed with hep C following being anesthetized found that the clinic was not using clean syringes for each patient.
By not using a new syringe for each patient, clinicians were putting each patient at risk of contracting viruses from previously used syringes.
Warning letters have been sent to all patients that are believed to have been at the greatest risk of possible infection.
“It didn’t just happen one time,” said Brian Labus, senior epidemiologist of the Southern Nevada Health District. “This is the way they did things at the clinic. It’s the way they have always done things.”
It is not yet known if any legal action will be brought against the clinic.