New Jersey pain clinic reopens after infecting 37 patients

The Osteo Relief Institute Jersey Shore in Wall Township, N.J., reopened on Tuesday after closing March 8 due to infections detected among the clinic's patients, according to a report from the Asbury Park Press.

On March 17, News12 New Jersey reported more than 30 patients treated for osteoarthritis with knee injections at the clinic had developed septic arthritis, which is a painful joint infection that causes inflammation. On Tuesday, New Jersey health officials increased the number of infections linked to treatment at the clinic from 31 to 37, according to the Asbury Park Press. More than 20 patients required surgery to clear the infection.

Monmouth County Health Officer David Henry told the Park Press via email the clinic addressed the infection control violations previously identified at the facility, and he described the violations as minimal.

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Both state and local health investigators were reportedly on-site at the pain clinic Tuesday to ensure the injection safety breaches were being addressed, according to the report. The investigation into the clinic's infection control errors is ongoing.

The state health department set up a hotline for public calls about the infections at the clinic: 866-448-2432.

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