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The State Board of Nursing has ordered five nurse anethesists associated with the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada to give up their licenses. The nurses complied, and doctors from the center could be next. It happened at a meeting hosted by Nevada's Division of Health.
Meantime, patients wanting answers started showing up at affiliated medical offices, including the now closed Gastroenterology Center of Nevada, where an inspector from the City of Henderson did not get a warm welcome.
"When they locked us out, when we tried to go and work with them, that really did raise concern to us -- that there could be a public health risk at this facility," said Henderson Public Information Manager Cindy Herman.
The Bureau of Licensure and Certification had visited the Endoscopy Center several times over the years, responding to complaints. The last time trouble was found was over four years ago, and that was on their patient discharge procedures.
No one ever saw anything wrong with their syringe practices, which apparently went on for four years.
Henderson residents who were patients at the Gastroenterology Center of Nevada on Horizon Ridge near Eastern can call the City Attorney's Office at 267-1200 to leave your contact information, according to Cindy Herman, Henderson Public Information Manager.