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Old 11-07-2009, 08:49 AM
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Default Doctor fired for re-using syringes

A Las Vegas anesthesiologist told health inspectors he used injection practices similar to ones that have triggered the nation’s largest hepatitis C scare, adding a new wrinkle to a still-developing infectious disease crisis.

The doctor’s admission complicates the investigation because he has worked at hospitals and clinics throughout the valley.
Sources identified the physician as Dr. Scott Young, an independent contractor at the Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Clinic.

Health inspectors in January linked the hepatitis outbreak to the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada, where they said certified nurse anesthetists were using syringes multiple times on patients — a practice that could allow vials of anesthetics to be tainted with infected blood from the first patient and then passed on to other patients.

Authorities announced their findings Feb. 27, notifying about 40,000 clinic patients that they should be tested for infectious disease. Six patients contracted hepatitis C at the Endoscopy Center.

Before the announcement, authorities had launched inspections at other medical practices, including at the Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Clinic on Feb. 14, where they observed Young’s risky injection practices.

Young, who is not named in the state document, told inspectors he changed the needles when administering anesthetics to patients — but thought it was OK to use the same syringes on individual and multiple patients because of where he introduced anesthetics into the IV line, documents show.

At their Feb. 14 surprise visit, inspectors observed Young using a syringe multiple times on the same vial of Propofol, an anesthetic, and then using that vial multiple times on other patients, according to the report.

Young told inspectors it was OK to use the drug on multiple patients because the procedures were conducted so quickly, one after another, that there was not enough time for bacteria to grow. He initially said that when he switched to new patients he changed the needle, but reused the syringe on multiple patients, which he said was OK because a “high port” was used on the IV line.

In a separate interview a few minutes later, Young said he would discard the needle and syringe after each use, but not the vial of medicine.

Dr. Chris Millson, a Las Vegas-based board member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, said Monday that while Young was not following the recommended practices, his case appears much different from what occurred at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada, because Young was injecting into a “high-port” IV line, relatively far from the patient’s vein, minimizing the risk of blood backflow. In comparison, the Endoscopy Center patients’ injections were occurring in IV ports at the arm, he said.

Young works throughout Las Vegas, including at University Medical Center. Health officials said they don’t know whether Young used the same injection practices at other sites.

Doctors at the gastroenterology clinic, a source said, dismissed Young after learning of the claims against him.

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Old 11-07-2009, 04:09 PM
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thats absolutely ridiculous..now patients have to worry about that and ask?? I dont get why any Health Care professional would risk putting pts at risk. Makes the rest of us look bad and makes the public doubt health care professionals across the board
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I am totally gobsmacked that this even occured.
I swear what is wrong with this???
You are right we have to worry about this now?
I think this was so wrong on so many levels APART from the fact that he has already infected people that now look forward to the wrath that Hep C will bring into their lives, the worry for all the others he injected, the kick back this will have on the Medical community AND general public.
What a low life dufus, he should reap the wrath of the legal system and be booted out for good AND JAILED.
The prick, jerk and IDIOT.th_1lg045angry
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