Health officials are encouraging patients of a Michigan doctor to consider HIV and hepatitis testing after state investigators charged at the physician reused at his Kalamazoo area clinics.
The state's Department of Health and Human Services yesterday issued the testing guidance for patients of Dr. Roger Beyer, who owns Urological Solutions of Michigan and Women's Health Care Specialists.
May 21 administrative complaint, allegedly alleged that Beyer's practices reused with rectal pressure sensor ”(seen above) Despite the fact that the device is only approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for single-patient use.
The disciplinary complaint against Beyer (pictured at right) states that three nurse practitioners were investigators that were used on multiple patients.
One nurse estimated that "a sensor was used over 100 times before being replaced." A second nurse said that the device was used occasionally and used on multiple patients and that she was trained to place the device in a non-latex glove before inserting it into the patient.
The device's manufacturer, Prometheus Group, includes a “warning in the packaging alerting practitioners that this device is intended for single-patient use,” the complaint notes.
The complaint charges Beyer with negligence, failing to comply with “minimal standards of acceptable, prevailing practice for the health professions, ”and adulterating a medical device.
According to Beyer's web site, he is“ certified in OB / GYN and Uro-Gynecology ”and is“ internation ally recognized as an expert in the pelvic floor and is a highly regarded pelvic floor surgeon. ”