Patients Test Negative for Blood Infections From Poor Quality at Shuttered Cancer Center

Officials from the Mississippi Health Department said 300 patients tested negative for blood infections, such as HIV, due to substandard care at the now-shuttered Rose Cancer Center in Summit, according to a New England Cable News report.


State health officials shut down the Rose Cancer Center after 11 patients were hospitalized from bacterial infections. They determined the center demonstrated "unsafe infection control practices," including diluting chemotherapy drugs and using old needles, according to the report. Following the hospitalizations, the health department alerted former patients to undergo testing for bloodborne infections.

Although all patients thus far have tested negative for infections, the department will continue to offer testing for future concerned patients. In addition to substandard quality care, the center was under fire for alleged healthcare fraud.

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