WALL TOWNSHIP – The Osteo Relief Institute shut down earlier this month after 30 patients contracted infections that were linked to the institute, according to local reports. The Osteo Relief Institute located on Route 34 in Wall Township voluntarily closed March 7 after patients contracted various bacterial infections from injections to their knees, Monmouth County Health Officer David A. Henry said on Sunday.
The infections occurred after the patients received injections from the institute, which were supposed to help with knee pain, News 12 New Jersey reported.
But instead the patients developed septic arthritis, a painful infection surrounding the joints, the website reported. Over 20 patients had to have surgery to fix the infections, according to the report.
Henry said investigators with the State Department of Health and Monmouth County Regional Health Commission went into the clinic on Monday and found several breaches of injection control, including employees not washing their hands thoroughly and letting full needles sit “well before” they were used on patients.
The facility focuses on treating patients who suffer from knee pain, boasting on its website that it uses “modern technology” to treat severe osteoarthritis.
“To give our patients the most up to date technology we have invested in several of the most advanced equipment options to help pinpoint your pain and provide precise and accurate treatment for your knee osteoarthritis,” the website says.
Henry said the Department of Health has confirmed at least 30 patients have received infections.
The Osteo Relief Institute voluntarily closed its doors after they received reports of the infections from area hospitals, Henry said.
One of the patients, Mary Adams, told News12 New Jersey that she had to have emergency surgery after her foot swelled up to the point where she couldn’t walk.
“If I didn’t go to the hospital I don’t know where I would have been today,” she told the news station.
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