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May 7, 2013

Agency: Some in health scare could be missed

TULSA — The Oklahoma State Department of Health said Monday it’s using social media and other means to try to find every patient of a Tulsa oral surgeon whose two clinics were deemed unsanitary — but conceded there could be an unknown number of patients who couldn’t be reached via mail.

In late March, health officials urged roughly 7,000 patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington to be tested for hepatitis and the virus that causes AIDS. As of Monday, about 5,500 letters had been sent out to Harrington’s patients and 650 have been returned, said Leslea Bennett-Webb, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

“Given that the U.S. population is so mobile, there are inherent challenges in locating persons for whom we only have contact information from records that date back a number of years,” Webb said Monday. “We will use all of our available tools to find a current address to send the patient notification letter, but we know there will be a small percentage of persons that we will not be able to reach via the postal service.”

Webb said Monday health departments will use social media, agency websites and media releases to find those patients. She said it was too soon to estimate how many patients could ultimately be deemed unreachable.

Harrington’s patients were urged to get tests after investigators found unsanitary conditions at his two Tulsa-area clinics, including varying cleaning procedures for equipment, needles re-inserted in drug vials after their initial use, drug vials used on multiple patients and no written infection-protection procedure. Unlicensed dental assistants were also allegedly performing IV sedation.

Harrington’s attorney didn’t return a message seeking comment Monday afternoon.

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