Some of the newest victims to test positive for hepatitis C have hired a lawyer to not only sue the doctors and nurses, but also the state and county for not inspecting the clinics. Reporter Aaron Drawhorn has the details.More>>
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>>
The Centers for Disease Control will have epidemiologists arriving in Nevada this afternoon to help with the inspection of medical clinics after it was discovered that some of them were using unsafe medical practices. In the meantime, a criminal investigation is underway and the man at the center of this investigation, Dr. Dipak Desai released a brief statement. More>>
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>>
Metro police, the FBI and state investigators served search warrants at six medical centers operated by the Gastroenterology Center of Nevada this morning. In the meantime, some of the clinics could reopen for limited business. Eyewitness News has the latest.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>>
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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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.
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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.