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Doctor allegedly used single-use anal catheters on multiple patients

Doctor allegedly used single-use anal catheters on multiple patients

A surgeon from Middlesex, New Jersey, had his license suspended at the end of last month due to allegations he put patient health and safety at risk by reusing single-use catheters for anorectal exams on multiple patients.

The doctor in question, Dr. Sanjiv K. Patankar, allegedly washed and re-used these catheters on at least five patients prior to throwing them away because replacements were on backorder, and his testing equipment is out of date, according to a complaint from the state.

Despite discrepancies in testimony during the hearing, a committee of the State Board of Medical Examiners took the state's side and resolved them.

The committee says Patankar has to give the board a list of patients who received the anorectal manometry testing between Jan. 1, 2011 until present day.

It also gave him an option: If he could show evidence he ordered catheters for all of the 82 procedures that took place between that January to November period, it would reconsider its decision.

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