Associated Press (02.29.08) - Friday, February 29, 2008
A class action lawsuit was filed late Thursday against the
Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada (ECSN), one day after
health officials said the center is believed to have reused
syringes and contaminated vials of medication.
The suit alleges gross negligence at the center and seeks
punitive damages "in excess of $10,000" per patient affected.
It was filed on behalf of one patient, but others have joined
and more probably will, said Peter Wetherall, a Las Vegas
On Wednesday, Southern Nevada Health District officials said
they believe unsafe practices at ECSN had exposed patients to
the risk of hepatitis B and C and HIV. Five of six patients
known to be infected with hepatitis C virus attended the
clinic on the same day in late September, health officials
said. The sixth is believed to have been infected in July.
About 40,000 people who received anesthesia at ECSN between
March 2004 and January 2008 are being advised to be screened
for the diseases.
The suit, filed in the Eighth Judicial District Court of
Nevada, names as defendants ECSN; its chief administrator,
Dipak Desai; a center doctor, Eladio Carrera; and any employee
who "directly provided and/or supervised" unsafe medical
A spokesperson for ECSN did not immediately return a call