A dentist, who has faced allegations of medical malpractice in the past, may be held criminally liable for exposing thousands of patients to deadly diseases.
When Tulsa County Health Inspectors examined the office of the doctor, they found he was not following standards for infection control. They determined the doctor had potentially exposed approximately 7,000 patients to diseases like Hepatitis and HIV.
According to Oklahoma’s 9 News, letters have been sent to patients explaining the situation and urging them to be tested for the diseases. However, no action has been brought against the doctor. Susan Rogers, head of the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry stated she has met with Tulsa County District Attorney, Tim Harris, about pressing charges against the doctor.
Officials say the incident shows how important it is for patients to be aware of the standards for infection control established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Patients should also be comfortable asking their dentist questions about the care and procedures they are receiving.
A local dentist, Dr. C. Todd Bridges, explained most doctors are proud of the precautions they take to keep patients safe and should be more than happy to discuss safety protocols with patients.
The Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers say doctors have a responsibility to protect patient safety. The firm may be able to help if you have been harmed while under the care of a physician.