A medical alert was issued. About 3,000 patients who had procedures between January and Sept. 7 of 2018 at The HealthPlus Surgery Center in Bergen County may have been exposed to infections wyh Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV.
According to a press release, HealthPlus surgery center offers podiatry, orthopedics, pain management, and plastic surgery. Officials say “during this period, lapses in infection control in sterilization/cleaning instruments and the injection of medications may have exposed patients to bloodborne pathogens.” An investigation from the New Jersey Department of Health found that employees at the HealthPlus Surgery Center were not following sterilization procedures. No infections have been however traced back to the lapse in protocol. Hepatitis B and C infections can start between two and six weeks after a person is exposed but an infected individual may not experience symptoms. Hepatitis C requires treatment and is a long-term illness that can also cause liver damage.
The HealthPlus Surgery Center in Bergen County
The notified patients will be able to schedule a blood test at no charge, paid for by HealthPlus. A letter was sent inviting them to call 1-888-507-0578 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m.-9 p.m. in New Jersey to schedule a test at the Hudson Regional Hospital or to call 1-888-507-0578 to have the test performed in New York at any LabCorp location. A photo ID is also needed. HealthPlus was closed following the September 7 report, and reopened later that month after making necessary procedural changes.