After you go to a doctor, you are supposed to feel better. Unfortunately, this was not the case for people who got infections after they went to a dentist. Moreover, one of the patients died. John Vecchione, the dentist, signed the agreement this week to suspend his practice until a hearing is held in early in October.
The report was released last month and it said that 15 patients developed endocarditis after undergoing oral surgery. The inspectors visited Vecchione every year and he promised that his procedures will improve. Unfortunately, the situation was getting worse so they had to suspend him. It seems that the Department of Health discovered a lack of judgment. The dentist did not pay attention to the safety of the patients and put them in danger.
However, the dentist denied any wrongdoing and said he made efforts to solve his problems. Even though the investigation started in 2014, he continued to practice until this year. The issue started when a doctor discovered that two patients with infections had recently gone to Vecchione for an oral surgery.
According to the inspectors, they found multiple safety breaches in his office. He used single vials of medication for more patients, nonsterile products and he had poor hand hygiene. Although the dentist managed to make some changes, but there were still major issues. He put the life of all his patients in danger because he was not able to follow the most important rules for a doctor.
Endocarditis due to an oral surgery is a rare event, which happens to a few patients every year. People who were patients at Vecchione during 2013 and 2014 were more likely to develop the infection.
We are still wondering why it took so long for the inspectors to suspend him. Not only he is responsible for so many people who got infected, but one of them died. Patients can’t be blamed, they trusted him. It is hard to imagine that you go to a dentist and due to him you might be infected. However, this is possible. That is why is important to pay attentions to the details, see if your doctor respects the rules for hygiene and how clean his office is. This way you will know for sure if you are safe. If you know patients there were not treated as they should have been, please contact the authorities.
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