Thousands of patients treated at an Outpatient Surgery Center in Northern New Jersey are urged to have their blood examined after a state inquiry into unhygienic conditions at the facility. CBS New York reports that the HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook has alerted 3,778 patients to infections.
The alert covers people who operated there between January and September 7, 2018.
In a letter to patients, the center said, "During this period, infection control on sterilization / cleaning instruments will expire, and injecting medication may have brought patients into contact with bloodborne pathogens."
A government inquiry found that employees did not follow the correct procedures. Officials closed the facility from 7 to 28 September. After that, it was reopened.
The Operations Center states it has improved infection control and drug delivery procedures, recruited new personnel and trained in sterile processing, and cleaned and repaired all instruments.
The Center says the risk of infection is low, but health officials still want people to be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.
"It is important to note that no infection or disease has been reported in the investigation so far." The New Jersey Department of Health recommends that these patients be tested as soon as possible, "said Betty McCabe, administrator of HealthPlus Surgery Center. "We are aware that this may be annoying to our patients, and we take this matter very seriously and are taking steps to assist them throughout this process."
Patients can perform a free blood test for HealthPlus.
- In New Jersey:
- Call 1-888-507-0578 Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm
- The test will be conducted at the Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus, New Jersey. [19659014Bringtheletteryoureceivedfromthecenter
- In New York  The tests can be performed on any LabCorp stand be performed. To find a location near you, click here.
- Call us at 1-888-507-0578 Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm. to schedule a test.
- Attach the received letter along with the LabCorp case you received and a photo ID.