New Jersey pain clinic closes after 30 patients infected

The Osteo Relief Institute Jersey Shore in Wall Township, N.J., closed down after 30 patients contracted infections linked to the pain clinic, News12 New Jersey reported.


Patients developed septic arthritis, an infection surrounding their joints. More than 20 of the infected patients required surgery to clear the infection, according to the report.

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The pain clinic closed March 8 after health officials investigated reports of infection. They found infection control and injection safety breaches, according to the report.

According to News12 New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Health is looking for any other potentially affected patients. The health department urges people who received an injection between Sept. 1, 2016, and March 6 who now have joint pain, swelling or a fever to go to the emergency room and also call the department of health.

The pain clinic is not a licensed ASC.

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