Nurse Loses License in Hepatitis Outbreak

  1. The head nurse at a cancer center where the nation's largest hepatitis C outbreak began has lost her license.

    Linda Prochaska was the head nurse for Dr. Tahir Javed, who last year admitted using unsanitary practices at his Fremont Cancer Clinic.

    The clinic used the same saline bag and syringes on multiple patients, according to court documents. At least 99 of his patients at the clinic contracted hepatitis C between March 2000 and December 2001, including one who died.

    Attorney General Jon Bruning said Monday that the state had revoked Prochaska's license.

    The state revoked Javed's license last year. He left the country for his native Pakistan in 2002, around the time when the first hepatitis cases were detected.

    Bruning refused to say what, if any, action might be taken against other health-care professionals who allegedly observed the unsanitary practices in Javed's office but did not notify regulators.

    "I think these patients have a right to be angry," Bruning said. "I'm angry. It's something that ought to scare all of us."

    Bruning said that while Prochaska could apply for a new license after two years, it was unlikely she would be granted one.

    Javed was last reported to be working as the health minister in Punjab, in northeastern Pakistan. He told the Pakistani newspaper Daily Times last year that the allegations against him were part of anti-Muslim propaganda since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    Javed told the newspaper he wasn't responsible for negligence committed by nurses or other staff. He said it was ridiculous to blame him for the outbreak because terminal hepatitis C cases take more than three years to develop, the length of time he was in charge of the clinic.

    Source: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...tis_outbreak_1
    Last edit by brian on Mar 22, '04
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   sharona97
    Can u guess I'm catching up on your site? 2007 reply: I too was dx'd with Hep C after the Mayo Clinic drew a liver panel and ggt. The ggt was elevated but I was told since my lft's were normal they didn't think I needed further w/u. I called the Dr. on it and we talked about how he could have referred me to a specialist or at the least told me of my abnormal labs. He tnaked me and said thank you for the heads up on better patient care for the future. I had several needle sticks throughout my career, and a flex sig spray (dirty) to the face in the early 1990's by a doctor, hard to say how I contracted it, but after my pertussis issue my immune system went down to nearly anything. I was questioned wheather I even had childhood immunizations. Of Course! Thanks for this article, although it makes me sick to think of reusing needles and bags.
  4. by   oramar
    Quote from brian
    The head nurse at a cancer center where the nation's largest hepatitis C outbreak began has lost her license.

    Linda Prochaska was the head nurse for Dr. Tahir Javed, who last year admitted using unsanitary practices at his Fremont Cancer Clinic.

    The clinic used the same saline bag and syringes on multiple patients, according to court documents. At least 99 of his patients at the clinic contracted hepatitis C between March 2000 and December 2001, including one who died.

    Attorney General Jon Bruning said Monday that the state had revoked Prochaska's license.

    The state revoked Javed's license last year. He left the country for his native Pakistan in 2002, around the time when the first hepatitis cases were detected.

    Bruning refused to say what, if any, action might be taken against other health-care professionals who allegedly observed the unsanitary practices in Javed's office but did not notify regulators.

    "I think these patients have a right to be angry," Bruning said. "I'm angry. It's something that ought to scare all of us."

    Bruning said that while Prochaska could apply for a new license after two years, it was unlikely she would be granted one.

    Javed was last reported to be working as the health minister in Punjab, in northeastern Pakistan. He told the Pakistani newspaper Daily Times last year that the allegations against him were part of anti-Muslim propaganda since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    Javed told the newspaper he wasn't responsible for negligence committed by nurses or other staff. He said it was ridiculous to blame him for the outbreak because terminal hepatitis C cases take more than three years to develop, the length of time he was in charge of the clinic.

    Source: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...tis_outbreak_1
    THis MD is despicable. Imagine using the excuse he used when all those people got sick. So glad he is out of the country. He has absolutely no intention of accepting responibility for anything.:trout:
  5. by   EricJRN
    He's out of the country, but he assumed a position as a prominent health official (Provincial Health Minister) for the Punjab region in Pakistan. As far as I can tell, he's still there.

    http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp...-10-2003_pg7_9
  6. by   CHATSDALE
    THIS IS HORRID
    we need international reporting so that people can not go from country to country endangering trusting patients
  7. by   NRSKarenRN
    RN applied for license reinstatement April 07 and denied: http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/crl/nursi...bonminutes.pdf

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