Complaint: W. MI doctor reused device; testing urged

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — State health officials are urging some patients of a West Michigan doctor to consider HIV and hepatitis testing after a complaint that his office repeatedly used anorectal manometers that were inconsistently cleaned between patients. 

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs filedthe administrative complainton May 21 against Dr. Roger D. Beyer, who owns Urological Solutions of Michigan and Women's Health Care Specialists, both in Kalamazoo. The state says Beyer's office also performed the procedures at long-term care and skilled nursing facilities in West Michigan.

Beyer is accused of negligence, failing to meet minimal standards for practicing the health profession and adulterating a device.

The complaint accuses Beyer of telling staff to reuse anorectal manometers on multiple patients, even though the devices are only federally approved to use on a single patient.

The complaint states that in an  April interview with authorities, a nurse practitioner with Women's Health Care Specialists estimated she reused one rectal pressure sensor more than 100 times before it was replaced.

LARA also alleges the devices, which are inserted into the rectum, were "cleaned inconsistently" between patients. One nurse practitioner told investigators she was instructed to put the device in a non-latex glove before inserting it into a patient, and that it was "cleaned occasionally and re-used on multiple patients."


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