The governor spoke Monday about the hepatitis exposure investigation. In January of last year, the agency in charge of the inspections said during budget hearings they couldn't do the job. They needed more money, more inspectors and they needed help immediately. Reporter Jonathan Humbert has the story.More>>
The scope of the unsafe medical practices is more widespread than ever dreamed, according to a leading state health professional. According to officials, more clinics are possibly using unsafe practices and new investigations are getting underway. Eyewitness News has team coverage of the major developments.More>>
Doctor Vishvinder Sharma resigned Friday from the Nevada State Board of Health. Now, the Centers for Disease Control has joined the state to inspect all 50 health care centers licensed the same way as the Gastroenterology Center of Nevada. Eyewitness News has team coverage of this developing story.More>>
Former patients are looking for answers. They're even going back to the clinics, despite the fact the doors are locked. The potentially infected patients are showing up to these clinics only to find sealed doors and posted signs about the closure. Reporter Jonathan Humbert has the details.More>>
Two more Nevada clinics operated by a medical group accused of infecting people with hepatitis C were shut down on Tuesday. A total of six medical clinics have now had their licenses suspended and an investigation in underway. Eyewitness News will have the latest on this story.More>>
Eyewitness News has also learned that the State Board of Examiners is now looking into the case, trying to see if the doctors will lose their licenses. Reporter Jonathan Humbert looks into the story.More>>
The city has marched in and closed the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada late Friday afternoon. That's where thousands of people may have been exposed to hepatitis and HIV because of unsafe practices. Investigative Reporter Mark Sayre has the details. Inside, read the suspension order.More>>
More deficiencies have been discovered at surgery centers around the state. Director Mike Willden, who oversees the Division of Health and Human Services, says this is a "health care crisis" for Nevada.
On Monday, the Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Clinic, will receive an official deficiency notice from the state for reusing syringes. They are the latest clinic to be discovered using improper practices. The clinic, located at 3196 Maryland Pwky is still open for business and the state says the unsafe practices have ceased.
State health officials say they have inspected nine of the 20 surgery centers located in Clark County and have requested help for the CDC. Inspectors are expected to arrive early next week to help speed up the inspection process.
The following centers remain closed:
Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada, 700 Shadow Lane
Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center, 4275 S. Burnham
Gastroenterology Center of Nevada, 4275 S. Burnham
Spanish Hills Surgical Center, 5915 S. Rainbow Blvd.
Gastroenterology Center of Nevada, 2610 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway
Willden and representatives from the state health division expressed "surprise, shock and frustration," they were still discovering deficiencies after the story on the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada gained national attention last week.
"These are basis health control procedures taught at the 101 level. These are things that people should understand," Willden said.
Of the 19 surgery centers in northern Nevada, 10 have been inspected and in three of those clinics, there were problems. Two of the facilities had no deficiencies but five others had deficiencies but they were not related to sterilization techniques.
St. Mary's Outpatient Surgery Center - there was a lack of high-level sterilization of instruments between patients. At the Digestive Health Center, there were also similar issues with the lack of sterilization, and finally at The Sierra Center for Foot Surgery in Reno, staff reported reusing syringes.
Willden says, under the law, each center could face a $1,000 fine per day per deficiency.
Monday, September 1 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:06:07 GMT
Some medical providers say they often deal with Hispanic patients who are afraid to seek medical care. In some cases, it has to do with a language barrier, but in most cases, it is fear among undocumented immigrants that they could end up being deported. More>>
Some medical providers say they often deal with Hispanic patients who are afraid to seek medical care. It's hoped the opening of a new medical clinic will change that.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:58:50 GMT
The three-day holiday weekend ended with visitors crowding the airport and freeways as they made their way back home. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Association, around 313,000 people visited Las Vegas over the Labor Day weekend. More>>
The three-day holiday weekend ended with visitors crowding the airport and freeways as they made their way back home.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:51:43 GMT
Tens of thousands of people bid farewell to summer by enjoying Lake Mead for Labor Day weekend. While there were a few minor rescues, DUI's and boating incidents, the vast majority of people had some fun in the sun. More>>
Tens of thousands of people bid farewell to summer by enjoying Lake Mead for Labor Day weekend. While there were a few minor rescues, DUI's and boating incidents, the vast majority of people had some fun in the sun.