The Arkansas Department of Health issued a press release on Tuesday, April 9 regarding a concern for about 100 patients who were treated by the late Dr. Jarrod Stewart for surgery procedures between November 2011 and February 2012. ASDA has prepared a statement in response to the press release. Click here to read the statement: Statement on infection control and sedation.
ASDA’s message is that dental offices are safe and sanitary, and that dentists and staff will be happy to answer any questions that patients may have about infection control in the dental office.
The focus of this media outreach is to contact the 100 patients (which we understand has been lowered) in an effort to have them tested for possible exposure to infectious disease. It is important to note that although Dr. Stewart tested negative for all infectious diseases at the time of his death, ADH is concerned that patients may have been exposed. Apparently, a number of vials of sedative that was used for IV sedation were found to be compromised. The Arkansas State Police crime lab is conducting a test to see if DNA is present in the vials. There is no indication as to whether the vials were part of the inventory for patient use.
For a copy of the Health Department press release, click here: PressReleaseDental040813307pm (2) (2)