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Plastic Surgeon Responds To Department Of Health: 'Information Is Misleading And Inaccurate'

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Media Statement from Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Jeffrey Karp

October 1, 2013

It's important that the public and patients of Aesthetic Plastic Surgical Center (Dr. Jeffrey Karp) have the real facts. The information put out by the Department of Health today is misleading and inaccurate.

At no time did Dr. Karp or his staff improperly use syringes or drug vials. The clinic has never used the same syringe on more than one patient. Every syringe is discarded after each patient's individual use. Additionally, the clinic has never improperly used single or multi-dose drug vials. The vials are only either used on the same patient multiple times and then discarded or they are used on up to three patients, but each time the vial is entered only with a new, sterile syringe. This is the approved medical standard of practice and does not expose patients to any infection control risks.

For months, Dr. Karp has been trying to work with the Washington State Department of Health to clarify their clear misunderstanding and inaccurate evaluation of his clinic's practices that were formulated during their licensing survey earlier this year. This misunderstanding is based on an interview with a technician who the surveyor clearly misunderstood. The Washington State Department of Health has not been responsive to repeated efforts to clarify and validate the correct information about the actual practices at the clinic.

The action taken by the Washington State Department of Health today is extremely irresponsible. The agency is communicating information that is inaccurate and harmful to both patients and to Dr. Karp. Dr. Karp is extremely disappointed that they have persisted in something that is blatantly false. Dr. Karp will be reviewing his options on how best to respond.

"I take my responsibility to my patients very seriously and their safety and care is my absolute priority," said Dr. Karp. "That's why it's critical they understand the real facts. I can say emphatically, no patient has ever been exposed to a needle or syringe used on another patient."

Dr. Karp would encourage patients who have questions on this issue to contact his office directly. And he sincerely apologizes for the unwarranted stress and concern they may experience due to the Washington State Department of Health's release of this inaccurate information.

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