We recently learned that a surgical technologist employed briefly at Lakewood Surgery Center during late 2011 has been accused of diverting injectable narcotics in California, Arizona and Colorado, and has been charged with criminal activity relating to this alleged diversion in Colorado. These events have raised concern that his actions could have potentially exposed patients to a blood borne pathogen, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.
We are working closely with the Washington State Department of Health and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to investigate this matter. At this point, there is no evidence of any exposure to any of our Lakewood Surgery Center patients, as our situation is different from that in Colorado. While we believe the risk of exposure to our patients is extremely low, patient safety is our primary concern and out of an extreme abundance of caution, we are offering free, confidential blood pathogen testing to any and all patients who had surgery at Lakewood Surgery Center during this time period.
Approximately 135 patients who had surgery at Lakewood Surgery Center between October 27, 2011 and December 1, 2011 are being notified of the potential for exposure.
Patient safety and wellbeing is a core value at Proliance and we apologize for any uncertainty and concern this may cause. This situation has saddened us and we are determined to do all we can to help. We are taking these extensive cautionary measures to ensure the safety of our patients.
If you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to call 206-605-2601.