Authored By: Ollie Lammers
HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook, New Jersey is believed to have exposed patients to HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. The Department of Health released a statement with the HealthPlus Surgery Center requesting that any patients who received a procedure between January – September 2018 to get a blood test for hepatitis and HIV.
According to NBC News, the surgery center used rusty equipment and soiled bed sheets. A citation summary sheet was made public and included improper storage of medications, surgical equipment containing “rust like stains”, and medical staff failing to cover facial hair during procedures.
In December 2018, patients who were seen at the facility between Jan. 1 to September 7 and might be in danger of being exposed to HIV or hepatitis have been contacted by HealthPlus via a letter distributed by the department of health.
Possibility of infection is low but those who visited the center and had a procedure done are still highly encouraged to get a blood test done.
For more information on HIV exposure at Surgery Center, click here.