NJ center fires workers after thousands potentially exposed to HIV, hepatitis

December 30, 2018 - 1:05 pm

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. (1010 WINS) – Those who represent HealthPlus Surgery Center are blaming a handful of people for potentially exposing thousands to several blood-borne diseases, including HIV and hepatitis B and C.

Mark Manigan, a lawyer for the facility, says the workers responsible have either resigned or been fired.

According to NorthJersey.com, two of the workers were fired and a third resigned.

The Department of Health says the center didn’t properly clean instruments and had an outdated infection plan.

The center is now required to conduct infection control audits and sterilization audits.

Manigan says patients can feel safe.

“If the Department of Health and the State of New Jersey puts their imprimatur on a facility after an event like this I think anyone can feel safe about coming here,” Manigan said.

The Health Department says anyone who had a procedure at HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook between Jan. 1 and Sept .7 this year may be affected.

Nearly 3,800 former patients may have been exposed to HIV and the two types of hepatitis, according to NorthJersey.com.

The Health Department says the risk of infection is low and this is all being done out of “an abundance of caution.”