Some dental patients told to get follow-up tests


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Updated: 4/10/2013 8:23 am Published: 4/09/2013 6:23 pm


FOX23 has learned 2,232 people have been tested for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV at the Tulsa Health Department following allegations Tulsa oral surgeon Scott Harrington may have exposed his patients to infection due to improper practices.

The Tulsa Health Department and Oklahoma State Department of Health will announce positive case results only after thorough individual case investigations have been completed.

Officials say there will be a time delay from when individuals are notified of their case status, and when the THD and OSDH report any positive cumulative case totals.

For patients whose tests results are negative and whose last dental visit at the Harrington clinic occurred before Sept. 19, 2012, no additional testing or follow up will be recommended. 

For those with negative test results who had dental procedures in the Harrington clinic between Sept. 20, 2012, and March 20, 2013, THD and the OSDH will recommend follow up testing at least six months past the last appointment. 

Officials say it is possible those patients may be in an early infection stage that is not yet detected by the tests that were performed.

These patients will be advised to contact the public health department where they had their blood drawn for HIV and viral hepatitis testing to schedule a repeat testing visit.

Most people will be notified of their test results within approximately two to three weeks of blood draw. Patients who have given the health department permission to mail negative test results to their home will receive their results in the mail. Anyone who has a positive test result will be contacted personally by a health department representative and counseled about information specific to the disease for which the test was positive.

The health department will also begin an individual case investigation in an effort to determine when and how the person became infected. Recommendations for testing of a spouse or partner will be made following the outcome of the case investigation.

Screening continues this week at the North Regional Health and Wellness Center, 5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Hours for the clinic are as follows:

Monday - Thursday         9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday                           9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Anyone who was a patient at Dr. W. Scott Harrington's dental practice should contact the hotline (918)595-4500. Health representatives will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.

 

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heartbroken - 4/10/2013 7:58 AM
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Is there no way they can get the results out faster!?! I know for us it's been the longest wait. We were part of the first group that Saturday morning & we are so stressed. The waiting & not know is awlful. I don't think it's left my mind since we've heard. I just don't understand why they can't do something to speed up the process. Help get those results out fast please!
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