New Jersey urges patients at facility to check for HIV infections

New Jersey urges patients at facility to check for HIV infections

Thousands of patients, who had procedures at a surgery center in New Jersey, may have been exposed to HIV and other bloodborne pathogens, according to a recent health alert.

No infections or illnesses have been reported so far, HealthPlus Surgery Center administrator Betty McCabe said in a statement.

Patients who had surgery at HealthPlus Surgery Center between January 1, 2018 and September 7, 2018 were potentially exposed to bloodborne pathogens or infections due to improper sterilization of instruments and medication injections. "However, HealthPlus and the New Jersey Department of Health are recommending that those patients get tested as soon as possible", McCabe said.

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Luckily there were no infections that could be traced back to the protocol lapse and according to health department of the state all affected patients have been notified. The 3,778 people at risk received letters that explained how to get tested. "We acknowledge that this can be upsetting to our sufferers, and we're taking this matter very significantly and taking steps to help them throughout this course of". "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".

The warning covers individuals who had procedures there between January and September 7, 2018.

Clean and fix all instruments; this was performed by an outside resource under the oversight of the sterile processing consultant. New staff members have been hired and trained in sterile processing. The Secaucus hospital is now named Hudson Regional Hospital, to which HealthPlus Surgery Center is referring patients to be tested.

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