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State advises 8,000 dental patients to be tested for hepatitis, HIV

An investigation by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment indicates that as many as 8,000 dental patients may have been exposed to bloodborne pathogens from unsafe injection practices.

“Unsafe re-use of syringes and needles occurred at the offices of Dr. Stephen M. Stein, an oral surgeon, between September 1999 and June 2011. Syringes and needles were re-used on multiple patients to give intravenous (IV) medications, including sedation,” according to a state health department letter to patients.

“The unsafe practices occurred at the following office locations:

The letter includes instructions to the healthcare providers of potentially exposed patients to test for HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.

The Colorado Board of Dental Examiners suspended Stein’s license June 2011, but that was for reasons other than the unsafe injection practices discovered as as result of the investigation, according to The Denver Post, July 14 [1].

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