After a state examination in an outpatient operations center in northern New Jersey revealed unhealthy conditions, thousands of patients treated there were advised to check their blood, CBS News reports.
The Saddle Brook, New Jersey HealthPlus Surgery Center has contacted a jaw that has dropped 3,778 patients undergoing surgery between January and September this year, possibly with infections such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV were exposed
"During this period, infection controls on sterilization / cleaning instruments and the injection of drugs may have exposed patients with bloodborne pathogens," the Center wrote in a letter to the patients.
Officials closed the facility from 7 to 28 September, after it became known that the operations center staff did not follow proper protocols.
In response to these findings, the Operations Center claims to do so by cleaning and repairing all instruments, improving infection control and drug distribution procedures, recruiting new employees, and training them in proper sterile processing.
And although the risk of infection is low, health authorities are pushing those who have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C testing to ensure their health and well-being.
"It is important to note that no infections or illnesses have been reported in the investigation so far. However, HealthPlus and the Department of Health of New Jersey recommend that these patients be tested as soon as possible, "said Betty McCabe, Administrator of HealthPlus Surgery Center. "We are aware that this may be a surprise to our patients, and we take this matter very seriously and take steps to assist them throughout this process."
In addition, patients will be able to perform a free blood test for them, which will be covered by HealthPlus.