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>>
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Unsafe practices have been revealed at more health care centers. The legislature's health committee met Thursday to discuss the hepatitis and HIV alert at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada. But during the process, they found out unsafe practices are going on at more than the six clinics already pinpointed.
It's nothing but more unsettling news for valley residents. The Nevada Health Division says they recently inspected 13 surgical clinics, only to find staff re-using vials of medicine and syringes, even after being made aware of the risks.
"That was probably the scariest line of the day," said Speaker Barbara Buckley.
Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie said, "I find it just unfathomable that we are having this problem. It sounds to me like the problem is more widespread than I ever imagined."
"We're finding problems at a variety of different levels related to medication re-use -- in some cases, syringe reuse," said Lisa Jones, Nevada Health Division.
The health division has recently inspected 13 surgical clinics and found unsafe medical practices at some -- practices that were taking place even after news that 40,000 valley residents were possibly exposed to hepatitis and HIV.
The last time a full inspection was done on the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada was back in 2001. The Southern Nevada Health District says there's a possibility exposure to infectious disease could have spread back farther than the 2004 date they're currently investigating, but they don't know for sure.
"I think the people who perpetrated this are absolutely monstrous. They cannot claim that they did not know the consequences of their actions, and I think it is absolutely heinous we have put the public in this position," said Assemblywoman Susan Gerhardt.
Assemblywoman Gerhardt told the entire room she too went to one of the closed clinics back in 2005. She's been tested and now joins thousands of other Southern Nevadans wondering and worrying about her results.
"Sitting on the phone, waiting and waiting for someone to pick up the other line so that we would have some information," said Gerhardt.
Gerhardt hints that government heads might roll for this, but in the end, the doctors are to blame. "We are trusting them to do the right thing, and I think it's their responsibility."
And as more is uncovered, Gerhardt waits for the test results, just like many in her district -- now with an uncomfortable understanding of this deadly topic.
Now, lawmakers are concerned with getting the Bureau of Licensure and Certification enough resources to keep up with inspections to make sure something like this never happens again.
In addition, five certified registered nurse anesthetists who worked at the Shadow Lane clinic were asked to voluntarily surrender their licenses and certificates to practice in Nevada. All five complied. State lawmakers are now asking that the doctors also be given the chance to do the same.
Patients don't need to get tested at this point, because viruses have not been linked to any of these clinics. But state lawmakers say if the infraction puts people's lives at risk, they think the clinics should be closed immediately. The health division says each clinic has to be given due process.
On Tuesday, the Business Licensing Division of North Las Vegas made an attempt to inspect the Gastroenterology Center of Nevada on Lake Mead Blvd., but was unable to make contact with anyone at the office. The City issued a Cease and Desist Order prohibiting any operations, pending further review.
But on Wednesday afternoon, the Business Licensing Division of North Las Vegas was able to inspect the facility and the Gastroenterology Center of Nevada is now allowed to reopen but no procedures or diagnostic testing may be performed at the location. The City found that there was not equipment to perform surgeries at that location so there is no concern of any outbreak.