Dentist Possibly Exposes Patients to HIV

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The Tulsa Health Department has notified 7000 patients, who may have been exposed to hepatitis and HIV simply by visiting one dentist, Dr. Scott Harrington.

Hundreds are awaiting test results that won’t come in for another 2 to 3 weeks.

In a 17-count complaint, the State Board of Dentistry accuses Dr. Harrington of being a “menace to the public heath” because of unsanitary practices found in his office.

Inspectors Say Harrington’s clinic:
• Had rusty equipment
• Allowed dental assistants to perform IV sedation without a license
• And re-used needles and old drug vials.

Investigators say Harrington’s staff improperly sanitized dental tools with bleach, which caused them to corrode.

Harrington has surrendered his dental license and is cooperating with authorities.