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Melissa Duran, Reporter

CDC Begins Inspections of Medical Clinics

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Inspections by the Centers for Disease Control are underway at local ambulatory surgical centers throughout the Las Vegas valley. According to state records, the last inspections at some centers date back to 1996.

Experts from the CDC, along with state surveyors, are now taking a closer look to make sure unsafe medical practices are not being used. Even though some centers have already been inspected by the state in recent weeks, they will be rechecked.

State surveyors have been teamed up with epidemiologists from the CDC. On Wednesday, they went over a list of guidelines of what to look for when doing these inspections. The state says their inspection process didn't differ very much from the CDC's process. Each survey is expected to take a day-and-a-half to complete.

They'll be checking everything from procedures to policy manuals. Inspectors will also doing a presentation at each facility. It's a refresher course on simple precautions doctors and nurses must follow.

"Just as a reminder, an update. Something's people aren't sure on," said Sonya Hill, Nevada Health Division.

Some of the facilities that are going to be inspected in the next couple of weeks haven't been inspected in 11 years. Hill had no further comment why some of these faculties went so long without being inspected.

The state would not elaborate on which facilities were already inspected.

Administrator Nick Paciello says it's a no brainer -- don't re-use syringes, don't re-use vials. It's a rule he says is not broken at the Flamingo Surgery Center. Up until two days ago, the center hadn't been inspected by the state in five years. But Paciello says their own in-house inspections helped keep everything in line

"We're held to a high standard, and everyone else should be held to the same standard we are," said Paciello.

But thanks to bad practices by some, 50 Nevada ambulatory surgical centers are getting a long overdue inspection.

The inspections last a day to a day and a half. Paciello has an idea what to expect. "They spend a lot of time pouring over documents, making sure we are doing what our policy says we're doing. They watch procedures. They watch our processes. They watch our infection control procedures. They look at our sterilization of instruments."

The State Health Division made no comment Thursday on why many facilities had not been inspected for almost a decade. A spokesperson continues to say lack of resources made it difficult.

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