Listen: Nevada, Dr Deepak Desai, Las Vegas discussed on Court Junkie
"Before I get started with cities show. I want to take a quick and personal moment to tell you about someone named Erin chambers. Erin chambers was one of my most loyal listeners. She was a member of my court chunky discussion group, and she even created a sub Reddit for court junkie. She created a space where listeners could go and discuss the episodes in a civilized, structured and fun way. Will I recently received the news that Aaron has passed away at the age of just twenty eight I want to let her family know that I appreciate an so honored that Aaron even listened to my podcast, let alone with such a loyal listener. I am so very sorry for your loss and may errands memory live on forever. Today's episode is dedicated to Aaron chambers. It was just after twelve forty PM on March. Twentieth. Two thousand twelve and seventy seven year old Rudolfo Miana who was in very poor health was giving a videotaped deposition from his home. Miana was a military veteran from the Philippines who had come to the United States in nineteen Ninety-seven. And who is now living in Las Vegas. He was seated in a large recliner chair with a female interpreter seated directly adjacent to him. Miana listened intently as the prosecutor asked him questions through his interpreter about what should have been a routine medical procedure. He underwent five years earlier in two thousand seven he told the prosecutor chief Deputy District Attorney Pam luckily that in September of two thousand seven his doctor referred him for a colonoscopy his wife, drove him to the appointment and he checked in at the indus- CGI center of southern Nevada. He doesn't remember how long he waited in the waiting room. But afterwards he was taken to another room where he changed into a gown and was given an IV. He was told he would have to wait a while. And at some point after someone came in and told him that he was ready for his procedure. He was sedated through the IV and fell asleep. When he woke up he changed back into his clothes when asked if anyone checked his blood pressure after the procedure. He said, no he was told by one of the females working there that his results were normal. He was then discharged and his son-in-law arrived to pick him up. About a month later, he said he started getting diarrhea his skin started turning yellow, and he was experiencing other flu like symptoms along with some sort of slight depression. He went to see another doctor who ordered blood tests what girly asked if he was told with the results of his blood tests were and he said, yes, he was told that he had tested positive for hepatitis C. This is Jillian and you are listening to court junkie episode seventy. The first sign that anything was amiss at the endoscopy center. Southern Nevada was in January of two thousand eight when the southern Nevada health district started an investigation into the center itself. They'd received two reports of patients who had contracted hepatitis c and the common denominator between the two patients was that they had both been patients at the indus- copy center. By February two thousand eight that number had grown to six patients who had contracted hepatitis C five of whom had had procedures at the dos copy center on the same day in September of two thousand seven the normal amount of reports of hepatitis C were about to a year. So this many in such a short time set off red flags to help officials the health district. Join forces with the Nevada State bureau of licensure and certification and the centers for disease control and prevention and the conclusion of their investigation was at the outbreak was due to quote, unsafe injection practices that were reported by staff members identified in clinical documentation and observed by investigators the reuse of syringes to access vials of propofol and the vials were then reused for subsequent patients transmitting any contamination to those patients in other words, nurses, had been reusing syringes. And single-dose medicine vials on multiple patients. A letter was sent out to more than sixty thousand prior patients of the center recommending that if any of them had received injected sedatives at the center anytime from March two thousand four through January of two thousand eight they should get tested for hepatitis c hepatitis B and HIV. The indus- could be center responded. Once the investigation was made public holding a news conference in which three of the centres physicians stood in front of reporters and read a statement saying in part on behalf of the desk be center of southern Nevada. We want to express our deep concern about this incident to the many patients who have put their trust in us over the years as always our patients remain, our primary responsibility. And we have already corrected the situation. They said their attorneys would not allow them to answer any questions. Notably. Absent from the news conference was the medical director and majority owner of the center, Dr Deepak Desai, Dr Desai was a relatively well known physician in the area originally from India he had moved to the United States in the nineteen seventies. After practicing medicine in New York he settled in Las Vegas in the nineteen eighties. Where he served on the Nevada board of medical examiners, and then was the medical director for gastroenterology at both the University Medical Center and the valley hospital medical center. Dr Desai opened up the basket be center in two thousand four and also founded the gastroenterology center of Nevada which has six locations one of which is located in the same office as the endoscopy center. Not long after their press conference. The city of Las Vegas issued an emergency suspension of the centers business license along with the other centers owned by Dr Desai, meaning they could no longer operate and had to be shut down Dr Desai filed an appeal, but it was denied just days later. In March two thousand eight things took another bad turn for the industry center. The FBI along within Nevada attorney general announced their investigations into its practices on March tenth two thousand eight Las Vegas metropolitan police executed, a search warrant on the center seizing hundreds of boxes of records. Investigators also interviewed staff members and potential infected patients and what they found out about the centers practices was horrifying."