Nevada Slow to Inspect Endoscopy And Other Surgery Centers


The Reno Gazette reports that the State Health Division has fallen behind in inspecting surgical centers for more than 10 years and has failed to inspect half of all centers over the past six years as is called for by Federal guidelines.

More specifically, State inspectors failed to inspect 22 of Nevada's 50 surgical centers over the last six years and at least one center has gone without inspection for 15 years.

The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has indicated that it is assessing whether unsanitary practices are occurring at surgical centers nationwide. Interestingly, she noted "tremendous cost incentive" for clinics to skirt proper procedures.