A doctor in Plainview, New York is being investigated after reports that he may have used needles cross-contaminated with mulitple patients. The case may be a major instance of medical malpractice. The doctor reused syringes and may have infected hundreds of patients with a multitude of blood borne illnesses.
On Nov. 10, the State Health Department notified 628 of Dr. Finkelstein’s patients that they might have been exposed to hepatitis C, hepatitis B, or H.I.V. from 2000 to 2005, as a result of Dr. Finkelstein’s improper reuse of syringes in his clinic, which specializes in pain management. The department first confirmed the problem in January 2005 but took 34 months to notify patients.
His office was responsible for a case of Hepatitis C in 2005 and led state health investigators to his clinic. The doctor changed his medical practices at the time.