New Jersey urges patients at facility to check for HIV infections

The patients had been treated at Health Plus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook New Jersey between January and Sept. 7 2018

Google Maps The patients had been treated at Health Plus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook New Jersey between January and Sept. 7 2018

People who received a procedure at the HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook, New Jersey between January 1 and September 7 have been requested to take a blood test for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C after "deficiencies in infection control" in the medical center's cleaning and medication injection processes put them at risk.

The patients received care at HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook between January and September 7, the New Jersey Department of Health said in a statement.

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To this point, the clinic disclosed that there were "lapses in infection control in sterilization/cleaning instruments and the injection of medications may have exposed patients to bloodborne pathogens".

The health department says the risk of infection is low, and no illnesses have been reported.

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"It is important to note that to date, there have not been reports of any infections or illness related to the investigation. To that end, we have provided information about where and when they can get tested, as well as offered to pay for all medical costs associated with testing". "We are taking this matter very seriously and taking steps to assist [patients] during this process".

The alert follows unspecified infection control breaches. New staff members have been hired and trained in sterile processing. Its instruments have all been cleaned and repaired and its infection control and medication dispensing procedures improved.

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Patients will be able to schedule a blood test at no charge, paid for by HealthPlus.

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