Almost 3,800 Patients Potentially Exposed To HIV & Hepatitis at New Jersey Surgery Center

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After a state investigation revealed unsanitary conditions at an outpatient surgery center in northern New Jersey, thousands of patients who were treated there have been advised to get their blood tested, CBS News reports.


The HealthPlus Surgery Center, located in Saddle Brook, NJ has contacted a jaw dropping 3,778 patients who received procedures between January and September 7 of this year that they may have been exposed to infections such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV.

“During this time period, lapses in infection control in sterilization/cleaning instruments and the injection of medications may have exposed patients to bloodborne pathogens,” the center wrote in a letter to patients.

Officials shut down the facility from September 7 through September 28 after it was discovered that proper protocols were not being followed by the surgery center’s staff.

In response to these findings, the surgery center asserts that it has cleaned and repaired all of its instruments, improved its infection control and medication dispensing procedures, hired new staff and trained them on proper sterile processing.

And even though the risk for infection is low, health officials urge those who have been exposed to get tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C to ensure their health and well-being.

“It is important to note that to date, there have not been reports of any infections or illness related to the investigation. However, HealthPlus and the New Jersey Department of Health are recommending that those patients get tested as soon as possible,” HealthPlus Surgery Center Administrator Betty McCabe said in a statement. “We recognize that this may be upsetting to our patients, and we are taking this matter very seriously and taking steps to assist them during this process.”


Additionally, patients have the option to schedule a blood test at no charge to them, which will be covered by HealthPlus.

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Oh god, the media once again pushing their ‘pro-science’ bias on a story. The only proof that not sterilizing instruments can spread disease is done by scientists, who have financial incentive to find that such actions have problems, because they’ll get more of that sweet scientific grant money.

If germs were dangerous and deadly, the human race would have been wiped out. But it hasn’t, so they’re not deadly. Geesh, do I have to teach the uneducated on everything?

And germs have been around for thousands of years, since God created them. You can sterilize all you want, but you can’t get rid of them (otherwise we’d have none). If you look at the history of, say, a hypodermic needle, the number of germs on it cycles back and forth over time. It’s the nature of germs!

This whole concept of sterilization and medical care is just a bunch of liberals trying to control our lives as Americans! I demand we not only stop with these restrictions on this facility, but we remove and reduce regulations in these fields over some mythical issue that we can’t even see! All you liberals want us to increase the cost of medical care, let alone destroy the economy, by making all these industries ‘sterilize’ items!