Health department warns 415 Spokane patients

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state Health Department is notifying 415 patients of a Spokane plastic surgery clinic that they could have been infected by multiple uses of needles and drug vials meant for single use.

The department says patients of the Aesthetic Plastic Surgical Center from 2006 to last April should consider blood tests for hepatitis and HIV.

Spokesman Tim Church told The Spokesman-Review (http://bit.ly/18OjpZu) the risk is low.

The department says the clinic has stopped unsafe practices.

The center’s chief physician, Jeffrey W. Karp, says the health department’s findings are inaccurate and a result of a misunderstanding. He says the clinic followed standard practices.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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