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Patient Contracts Hepatitis C from Dental Office

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

Testing by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that a Tulsa, Oklahoma dental patient contracted hepatitis C through contaminated equipment used during a procedure.

Patient Contracts Hepatitis C through Dental Office

“While most dental procedures are generally safe, this reinforces the importance of adhering to strict infection control procedures in dental settings.” – Dr. Kristy Bradley as publised by Fox News

  • According to Fox News, genetic testing by the CDC has confirmed that a patient of a Tulsa dental practice owned by Dr. W. Scott Harrington contracted hepatitis C during a procedure.
  • Health officials urged over 7,000 patients to receive testing as they may have also been exposed to hepatitis C through contaminated equipment.
  • Of 4,202 tested, 89 tested positive for hepatitis C, 5 for hepatitis B, and 4 four HIV.
  • So far, only one case of hepatitis C was linked to being contracted at the facility.
  • This is the first case in which patient to patient transmisson of hepatitis C has occured in a dental office.

Dental Offices Shut Down over Hepatitis C

  • Investigations into the Tulsa dental office found that rusty equipment was being used and the nurses were reusing needles on multiple patients.
  • The offices have since been shut down due to safety concerns.
  • Dr. Harrington voluntarily gave up his license on March 20.
  • Courts have filed a 17 count complaint citing the rusty instruments, improper use of sterilization equipment and the use of contaminated drug vials.
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