Nevada: Investigation Uncovers Infection-Control Laxity
March 18, 2009
A draft State Health Division (SHD) report found that more than half of 49 ambulatory surgical centers surveyed in Nevada had "infection control type deficiencies." The report, issued March 6, follows last year's hepatitis C outbreak linked to two Las Vegas ambulatory centers. Health investigators ultimately linked nine cases of infection to the clinics, where staff reused syringes, contaminating vials of medicine. Another 105 cases of hepatitis C infection were "possibly related," health officials said.
The outbreak has led legislators to propose two bills, SB 70 and AB 124, that would call for annual inspections of ambulatory surgical centers and other offices where surgical procedures require conscious, general, and deep levels of sedation.
An annual, rather than 18-month, inspection cycle might require more surveyors than already requested, Williams said. Since BHCQC activities are "fee-funded," this would necessitate an increase in licensing fees charged to the facilities, including to nursing homes, group homes, and hospitals, she said.
Las Vegas Review-Journal
03.10.2009; Paul Harasim
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