Wednesday, October 2 2013 12:10 AM EDT2013-10-02 04:10:23 GMT
A licensing inspection at Spokane's Aesthetic Plastic Surgical Center found that staff had been improperly using syringes and drug vials, putting patients at risk of infection. More >>
A licensing inspection at Spokane's Aesthetic Plastic Surgical Center found that staff had been improperly using syringes and drug vials, putting patients at risk of infection. The Department of Health took immediate action to ensure that the clinic stopped the unsafe practice.More >>
Media Statement from Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Jeffrey Karp
October 1, 2013
It's important that the public and patients of Aesthetic Plastic Surgical Center (Dr. Jeffrey Karp) have the real facts. The information put out by the Department of Health today is misleading and inaccurate.
At no time did Dr. Karp or his staff improperly use syringes or drug vials. The clinic has never used the same syringe on more than one patient. Every syringe is discarded after each patient's individual use. Additionally, the clinic has never improperly used single or multi-dose drug vials. The vials are only either used on the same patient multiple times and then discarded or they are used on up to three patients, but each time the vial is entered only with a new, sterile syringe. This is the approved medical standard of practice and does not expose patients to any infection control risks.
For months, Dr. Karp has been trying to work with the Washington State Department of Health to clarify their clear misunderstanding and inaccurate evaluation of his clinic's practices that were formulated during their licensing survey earlier this year. This misunderstanding is based on an interview with a technician who the surveyor clearly misunderstood. The Washington State Department of Health has not been responsive to repeated efforts to clarify and validate the correct information about the actual practices at the clinic.
The action taken by the Washington State Department of Health today is extremely irresponsible. The agency is communicating information that is inaccurate and harmful to both patients and to Dr. Karp. Dr. Karp is extremely disappointed that they have persisted in something that is blatantly false. Dr. Karp will be reviewing his options on how best to respond.
"I take my responsibility to my patients very seriously and their safety and care is my absolute priority," said Dr. Karp. "That's why it's critical they understand the real facts. I can say emphatically, no patient has ever been exposed to a needle or syringe used on another patient."
Dr. Karp would encourage patients who have questions on this issue to contact his office directly. And he sincerely apologizes for the unwarranted stress and concern they may experience due to the Washington State Department of Health's release of this inaccurate information.
Friday, December 6 2013 7:33 PM EST2013-12-07 00:33:37 GMT
Saturday: Crystal clear & fiercely cold…Those stabbing 20-25mph winds begin to decrease by the afternoon into a thorny 10mph breeze as wind chill warnings expire...Low/High 1°/12°More >>
Overnight: A brutal night to be outdoors! Arctic temperatures & gusty 20-30mph Northeast winds will promote knife-like wind chills or "feels like" temperatures where frost bite could occur in 20 minutes on exposed skin. Saturday: Crystal clear & fiercely cold…Those stabbing 20-25mph winds begin to decrease by the afternoon into a thorny 10mph breeze as wind chill warnings expire...Low/High 1°/12°More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 2:27 PM EST2013-12-06 19:27:36 GMT
KENNEWICK, Wash. - An Amber Alert has been issued for a 14-year-old girl last seen in Kennewick on Wednesday.More >>
KENNEWICK, Wash. - An Amber Alert has been issued for a 14-year-old girl last seen in Kennewick on Wednesday. Kennewick police say Elizabeth Romero was last seen at 1800 W. 7th Avenue. Officers say they believe she is in danger. Romero is Hispanic with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5'03" and 130 pounds. She was last seen wearing a white shirt and dark pants with a backpack and a pink purse.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 2:18 PM EST2013-12-06 19:18:21 GMT
KHQ.COM - We all know that passwords protect our personal accounts and information. More >>
KHQ.COM - We all know that passwords protect our personal accounts and information. However it's important to make sure that your password is unique and difficult to prevent people and software programs from figuring it out.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 2:17 PM EST2013-12-06 19:17:01 GMT
SPOKANE, Wash. - Many airlines have commemorative art they display on their airplanes to pay tribute to various things. More >>
SPOKANE, Wash. - Many airlines have commemorative art they display on their airplanes to pay tribute to various things. Over the past 20 years, KHQ's Reed Schmitt has had a hobby of photographing planes as the fly in and out of Spokane International Airport. Reed sorted through over 30,000 photos to gather all of the planes he photographed that displayed commemorative art.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 8:58 AM EST2013-12-06 13:58:28 GMT
KHQ.COM - Most of us have experienced this before: We take our children to go see Santa Claus only to have our children scream as if we were abandoning them forever. More >>
KHQ.COM - Most of us have experienced this before: We take our children to go see Santa Claus, hoping to get a wonderful photo for the family Christmas card, only to have our children scream as if we were abandoning them forever. Here are some great photos of these moments captured in time.More >>