Second Doctor Reports He Reused Biopsy Devices

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A second Las Vegas physician is notifying
patients that he'll pay for them to get HIV and hepatitis tests
after he improperly reused medical devices during biopsy
procedures.

Nevada State Medical Board says Dr. Lawrence Newman voluntarily
reported that he had been sterilizing and reusing single-use
plastic endocavity needle guides.

Board executive Doug Cooper told the Las Vegas Review-Journal
that Newman reported reusing devices during 150 prostate biopsies
over three years. Cooper says it's not clear whether Newman will
face board discipline.

The board recently suspended another urologist, Dr. Michael
Kaplan, after finding he improperly reused the guides from Dec. 20
to March 11.

The Southern Nevada Health District hasn't identified infections
due to the reused devices, but it is notifying more than 100 of
Kaplan's patients to get tested.


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