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Infection control at surgery centers sloppy

June 09, 2010
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CHICAGO — A new federal study finds many same-day surgery centers — where patients get such things as foot operations and pain injections — have serious problems with infection control, according to the Associated Press.
Failure to wash hands, wear gloves and clean blood glucose meters were among the reported breaches, the article noted.
The findings, appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggested lax infection practices may pervade the nation''s more than 5,000 outpatient centers, experts said.
The study was prompted by a hepatitis C outbreak in Las Vegas believed to be caused by unsafe injection practices at two now-closed clinics, the article stated.
According to the article, the new study found 67 percent of the centers had at least one lapse in infection control and 57 percent were cited for deficiencies.
"These people knew they were under observation, had the opportunity to be on their best behavior and yet these lapses were still identified, some of which potentially are very dangerous and have been warned against explicitly," said Dr. Philip Barie of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.
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