Hundreds of patients who were concerned about possibly being exposed to the virus that causes AIDS visited a health clinic to learn whether or not they were affected. Letters began being sent out the day before to some 7,000 of the accused dentist’s patients. As reported by the Associated Press and published in USA Today, the letters warned those who had been patients of the accused dentist over the past six years of the public health hazard caused by alleged poor hygiene at the oral surgeon’s clinics.
The screening for hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and for the virus that causes AIDS began, and according to the Tulsa Health Department, 420 former patients were tested. Testing was to resume on Monday.
One former patient said that you believe in doctors and trust them to follow the rules. Her trust has been betrayed. Five months ago she had a tooth extraction at one of the surgeon’s two clinics.
The Oklahoma State Board of Dentistry has filed a 17-count complaint against the doctor, and a hearing is pending for April 19, 2013. Some of the problems encountered in the clinics include the following:
- After being used on patients, needles were inserted back into drug vials.
- The doctor allowed dental assistants to administer sedatives.
- A medicine cabinet contained expired medications.
One patient has said that a nurse inserted the IV to deliver his anesthesia. He did not even meet the surgeon until after two wisdom teeth extractions had been performed by others.
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