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Poor hand hygiene, other safety errors identified at NJ clinic where 40 were infected

Date: Thu 18th May 2017

A litany of infection prevention lapses at Osteo Relief Institute Jersey Shore in Wall Township, N.J., were identified in a March 24 report from the New Jersey Department of Health obtained by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The pain clinic closed March 7 after 30 patients who received knee injections to treat osteoarthritis at the facility developed septic arthritis, a painful joint infection. The clinic reopened on March 21. According to the March 24 report, which was labeled preliminary, health officials identified a total of 40 clinic patients who came down with the infection. Twenty-nine of these patients required surgery to treat the infection.

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