Saturday, April 20, 2013


TEST POSITIVE FOR HEPATITIS - They went to the dentist to get a wisdom tooth pulled or perhaps have their jaw realigned. But they may have also contracted a blood-borne virus. Health officials in Oklahoma are notifying 57 patients who tested positive for hepatitis C and three patients who tested positive for hepatitis B after visiting oral surgeon W. Scott Harrington's office in Tulsa and a city suburb, according to a joint statement issued Wednesday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Tulsa Health Department. 
At least one positive HIV result was also reported, but policy prohibits the Oklahoma State Department of Health from releasing the number if it's less than three. Health officials stress that it's not yet clear how many of the positive patients were exposed at Harrington's office, if any.

More than 3,200 of Harrington's patients were screened for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C after health investigators found sterilization violations and other infractions at the oral surgeon's office. Harrington voluntarily surrendered his dental license on March 20. He will appear at a revocation hearing before the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry on August 16. His attorney could not be immediately reached for comment. The dentistry board launched its probe after one of Harrington's patients came down with hepatitis C. 
Investigators raised a number of sterilization and "cross-contamination" alarms - such as "unauthorized, unlicensed" employees using IVs to sedate patients and improper handling of needles. The outward cleanliness of the office belied the mess elsewhere, Susan Rogers, executive director of the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry, said, noting that "just basic universal precautions for blood-borne pathogens" weren't followed.

In USA, at least 60 people have tested positive for hepatitis or HIV after visiting an Oklahoma dentist slammed by the state dental board for poor sterilization practices. Dr. W. Scott Harrington allegedly re-used needles, a practice that can contaminate ostensibly sterile drugs with dangerous diseases. He is also accused of using rusty equipment that was not properly cleaned. Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that can lead to liver failure and death. Hepatitis B is a similar liver disease that can range from a mild illness to a serious, chronic condition.  We need more medical professionals who really care about the patient welfare.

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"Conscious Doctors"
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