More people may receive official letters in the mail warning them they may have been exposed to hepititis or HIV from local medical centers. Eyewitness News has learned that the Southern Nevada Health District is determining who else may need to be notified. Reporter Edward Lawrence has the latest.More>>
The doctor at the center of the hepatitis controversy is Dr. Dipak Desai who also had a million dollar contract with UMC. As soon the hospital learned of the outbreak, they cancelled the contract. But as Jonathan Humbert tells us, that's only the beginning of the story.More>>
More is being learned about a controversial contract between UMC and the doctors involved with the hepatitis outbreak. County commissioners gave Dr. Dipak Desai and his company a nearly $1 million dollar contract to refer patients at the hospital to his clinics. Reporter Jonathan Humbert has more.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>>
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.More>>
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. Eyewitness News has team coverage.More>>
Local Endoscopy clinics can be expecting some surprise visitors in the next couple of weeks. State inspectors and experts from the Centers for Disease Control will be showing up to take a deeper look into these practices.
The last few weeks have been pretty busy for gastroenterologist Osama Haikal, taking in new patients and answering questions from people who were possibly exposed to hepatitis and HIV at another Endoscopy clinic in Las Vegas.
"I don't want them to shy away from having a very necessary screening procedure," said Dr. Haikal.
His Digestive Disease Center in Summerlin got a surprise visit from state inspectors just a few days ago. His office on Desert Inn also got inspected, watching every move inside the procedure room to reviewing their policy manual.
He did nothing to prepare for the visit and was confident nothing wrong would be found.
This ambulatory surgical center was inspected just a few weeks ago and had no problems but some doctors still feel they have a black eye. Thanks to bad practices by others, Dr. Haikal is feeling the effects, trying to calm patient fears.
The problems with the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada has prompted state inspectors and experts from the Centers for Disease Control to take a closer look at 50 ambulatory surgical centers throughout the state.
Dr. Michael Jhung, of the CDC said, "There are some things that never should happen in medical care. One of those things is re-uses of syringes in patients so we are taking it quite seriously."
Dr. Haikal says while more regular inspections help, what's really needed is a set of guidelines followed by every Endoscopy center, instead of each having a separate policy.
"Sit down and come up with a consensus. This is the policy on how to clean the scope. This is accepted infection control in any facility," said Dr. Haikal. But for now, his top priority is making his patients see not every doctor breaks the rules.
The CDC inspections begin Thursday. Also, a top Nevada health administrator says the state can do better when it comes to preventing the spread of infectious disease in Nevada clinics.
Richard Whitley with the Nevada State Health Division says his agency will review its inspection policies after it completes a full survey of Nevada's 50 outpatient surgery centers.
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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.