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Physician to stand trial for hepatitis outbreak

Hospital Safety Insider, September 29, 2011

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The physician at a Las Vegas clinic associated a hepatitis outbreak is competent to stand trial.

District Attorney David Roger confirmed that Nevada state medical experts have found Dr. Dipak Desai is competent to stand trial on criminal patient neglect charges for the hepatitis C outbreak at his Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada in 2008, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, September 22.

Last March, court-appointed medical experts from Las Vegas had found Desai incompetent to stand trial because of the effects of two strokes, reports the Journal.

The charges in the case concern seven of Desai’s patients who allegedly were infected with the hepatitis C virus at Desai’s endoscopy clinics.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal.

For more background information on the outbreak and following case, visit HCPro’s OSHA Healthcare Advisor.



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