Surgery center reports problems |

Surgery center reports problems

The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS ” State officials say an outpatient surgery center in Las Vegas has notified them that it inadvertently failed to properly disinfect instruments it uses during procedures.

But officials say the problems at Specialty Surgicare of Las Vegas pose minimal risk to patients.

The errors were discover by staff during a routine inspection of a machine that disinfects scopes used in endoscopies and colonoscopies. The machine was not programmed to manufacturer specifications.

Authorities say the staff corrected the problem on Dec. 18 and notified the State Health Division.

State health officials are not recommending that patients at Specialty Surgicare get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. A spokesman for clinic said the facility will provide counseling and screening for infectious diseases to any patients free of charge.