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State claims surgery center reused syringes; chief physician disputes findings

More than 400 patients of a Spokane surgery center are being advised by the state Health Department to get blood tests because of unsafe practices involving medicine and syringes at the center between 2006 and last April. The department said Tuesday it is trying to contact 415 patients of the Aesthetic Plastic Surgical Center after an inspection in April revealed the center’s surgical technologist was reusing syringes and possibly vials of medicine that should only be used one time for a single patient.

Spokane plastic surgery patients may have been infected

A Spokane plastic surgery center reused syringes and medical vials, possibly endangering hundreds of patients, has been ordered by state health regulators to discontinue the unsafe practices, the state Health Department announced today.