More than 3,000 patients at the HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
Amy Newman, North Jersey
WOODLAND PARK, NJ – Over 3,000 patients at a Surgical Intervention Center in New Jersey may have been exposed to HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, the New confirmed Jersey Department of Health earlier this week.
Patients who stayed from January to September 7 at the HealthPlus Surgery Center at Saddle Brook for a procedure could have been exposed, the department said on Monday. The Ministry of Health closed the center from 7 to 28 September.
No diseases have been reported and the risk of infection is low, according to the Ministry of Health. The department called it "a wealth of caution" to point out that people should be tested.
In an email, Operations Center Administrator Betty McCabe said the center is "geared toward helping this select group of 3,778 patients expeditiously test it out."
McCabe said, "Deficiencies in infection control both in the sterilization / cleaning of instruments as well as in the injection of drugs could have exposed patients by bloodborne pathogens … "
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"It is important It should be noted that so far there have been no reports of infections or diseases related to the investigation, "she said. "We recognize that this may be annoying to our patients and we take this matter very seriously and take steps to assist them throughout this process by providing information about where and when they can be tested
The Operations Center was owned by Yan Moshe, a multi-million dollar real estate broker, The Record reported in April 2017. At that time, Moshe also had an Operations Center in Hackensack, which was headed was because it had not complied with safety regulations. Moshe, who had no experience of running a hospital, purchased the Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in December 2017. The Secaucus Hospital is now the Hudson Regional Hospital to which the HealthPlus Surgery Center passes on patients to be tested.
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An investigation by The Record in March revealed that Some Operation Centers in the Garden State Have Done It has been found that there are not enough supplies and resources to deal with emergencies.
Due to statehood of the state, these types of operating rooms with only one operating room were not licensed by the State Department of Health, and they were not required to report their patient safety data. A bill introduced in New Jersey would require more than 150 centers currently operating without state licenses to obtain them.
There is evidence that the unlicensed centers of the state had more security issues after The Record's investigation.
Anyone Anyone who needs to be tested for exposure at Saddle Brook can make an appointment at 1-888-507-0578.
Contribution: Lindy Washburn and Keldy Ortiz, The (Bergen County, N.J.) Record. Follow Joshua Jongsma on Twitter: @jongsmjo
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