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General Health : Other News Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011 - 9:38:09 AM

Clinic’s shut down for malpractice
By Sue Mueller
Mar 1, 2008 - 3:58:18 PM

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SATURDAY MARCH 1, 2008 ( -- A Las Vegas clinic was ordered to close its door after authorities announced that more than 40,000 patients who had used the clinic might have been exposed to incurable and potentially deadly diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV.

The Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada received an emergency suspension order Friday from the city officials, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.  The doors were closed after six patients completed their treatment and all employees left the building.

The clinic frequently reportedly reused medication vials and syringes on several patients and it is unclear why the malpractice was performed on these several patients.  At least six patients who received treatment at the clinic were diagnosed with hepatitis C.

The clinic staff told city officials that they knew the practice fell well below accepted medical practice and was dangerous, but they were ordered by administers to do so in order to save money.

The major said that the clinic would be in suspension indefinitely.  But it is not immediately clear whether the hospital officials would be held responsible and persecuted for what they have done.

At least one lawsuit has been filed in the Eighth Judicial District Court of Nevada alleging gross negligence and sees punitive damages "in excess of $10,000" per patient, The Associated Press reported.

Health officials suggested all 40,000 people who ever visited the clinic between March 2004 and Jan 11, 2008 should get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.

In the United States, drugs and doctors combined cause more than 700,000 deaths every year, reported earlier citing government data.

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