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Old 03-02-2008, 11:37 AM
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A former patient sued a surgical center believed to have spread hepatitis C by reusing syringes and vials of medication, saying Thursday he fears for his health.
The suit comes a day after the Southern Nevada Health District announced that unsafe practices at the clinic may have led to six reported cases of hepatitis C, a potentially fatal blood-borne virus.
Another 40,000 people who received anesthesia at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada between March 2004 and January 2008 are being urged to be tested for hepatitis, strains C and B, and HIV.
"I feel like a ticking time bomb. I'll get tested ASAP, but since HIV can lay dormant for many years, my wife and I face a future of uncertainty and fear," according to a statement from the plaintiff, Charles Anthony Rader, Jr., who says he received treatment during that period and may have been exposed.
The suit, filed in the Eighth Judicial District Court of Nevada, alleges gross negligence and seeks punitive damages "in excess of $10,000" per patient.
Nancy Katz, a spokeswoman hired by the center, did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the lawsuit.
Las Vegas attorney Peter Wetherall said other patients have joined the suit and expect more in the coming days. Nevada law only requires one plaintiff be identified at the time of filing a class action lawsuit, he said.
The suit names as defendants the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada; the center's chief administrator, Dipak Desai; a center doctor, Eladio Carrera; as well as any employees who "directly provided and/or supervised" unsafe medical procedures.
The clinic issued a statement Wednesday saying it had cleaned up its practices and was cooperating with the health district's investigation.
Health officials say they believe the center had been reusing syringes and vials of anesthesia, exposing its patients to the blood of others.
Five of those infected with the virus received treatment at the clinic on the same day in late September; a sixth is believed to have been infected in July, health officials said.
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Old 03-02-2008, 11:41 AM
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It's really scary, this is becoming a 'trend' lately.. I know of 2 cases that have happened in NY lately... very, very bad
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Old 03-02-2008, 06:06 PM
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Happened last year here in Oklahoma. . .think the nurse or aide who was reusing the syringes got fired and (I can't remember) the hospital or clinic got smacked with a big dollar decision against them. Of course, that didnt help the people who actually contracted hepatitis (don't think anyone actually got HIV or AIDS tho).
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Old 03-03-2008, 01:41 PM
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Why on earth would a health care facility take this kind of chance? So much stupidity, I don't understand it.
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Old 03-08-2008, 06:54 AM
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In the case of the facility that was found to be re-using syringes here in Oklahoma, it was NOT sanctioned by the facility. . .it was some rogue nurse, who was apparently doing it to SAVE TIME!! The nurse, James W. Hill, "drew enough medication into a syringe to treat multiple patients seen at the clinic on the same day. Mr. Hill then used that syringe with the same needle to inject a small dose of medication into the port of an intravenous line that had been inserted into the arm of each patient." [Quote from the NY Times] It wound up infecting about 50 people with HepC. The Commissioner of Health said the nurse did it due to a "misunderstanding of proper procedure." HOW THE FREAK did this guy get to be a nurse (or the nurse in Las Vegas, for that matter)???

The hospital suspended the privileges of the anesthesiologist running the clinic, Dr. Jerry W. Lewis, and barred Mr. Hill from working there, and the Board of Nursing was also investigating Mr. Hill. A number of those infected filed lawsuits against Dr. Lewis, Mr. Hill and the hospital.

More than four million people in the United States are infected with hepatitis C, and experts say the virus is frequently transmitted when an infected drug addict shares a hypodermic needle with an uninfected person. Hepatitis C is the most virulent form of the hepatitis virus and can lead in a small percentage of cases to serious liver damage and liver cancer.
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I hope these people get everything they deserve................
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