South Dakota: Patients at Clinic Tested for Possible Infection
April 20, 2009
The state Health Department said that Wednesday more than 5,000 patients who underwent cystoscopy procedures at Siouxland Urology Center in Dakota Dunes may have been exposed to blood-borne diseases. A routine inspection of the facility indentified the potential for infection due to single-use products like saline solution bags and tubing being used on multiple patients before being discarded, department officials said. The practice was immediately halted; corrective measures were taken; and patients are now being notified, they added.
Patients and their referring physicians are being notified by letter of the exposure risk and free testing. "The risk is quite low. But as a precaution, we wanted to make sure those patients are notified of that potential so they could be tested," said Barb Buhler of the state Health Department. "We would certainly encourage them to get that testing so that if there is something, it's detected, but basically to rule out that they have anything."
For additional information, telephone the center at 1-888-718-3456 or visit www.siouxlandurologycenter.com.
04.15.2009; Chet Brokaw