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Las Vegas surgery center self-reports disinfection lapse

Las Vegas Sun, December 31, 2008

An outpatient surgery center in Las Vegas has notified Nevada authorities that it failed to properly disinfect instruments it uses during procedures. Authorities said there was minimal risk to the clinic's patients. The staff at Specialty Surgicare of Las Vegas, also known as Specialty Surgery Center, realized during a routine maintenance inspection on December 18 that the disinfection cycle on the machine that cleaned the scopes used in colonoscopies and upper-endoscopy procedures was set at one minute instead of five, as the manufacturer recommends.