Anesthesiologist passed hepatitis C to patients -- Are yours safe?

August 2007
Same-Day Surgery;Aug2007, Vol. 31 Issue 8, p89
Academic Journal
A cluster of three hepatitis C infections has been reported in patients who received intravenous anesthesia from the same anesthesiologist based in New York City. Testing has been recommended for about 4,500 patients who received IV anesthesia from this provider when he or she practiced in New York City. • Ensure that any anesthesia providers infected with hepatitis are following universal precautions and are covering any cuts with a bandage. • Consider using single-dose vials, stopcocks, and no needles. • Discard any needle or syringe that comes in contact with a patient or the patient's IV line.


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