Patients urged to test for infections...

Patients urged to test for infections after Chambersburg urology practice admits reusing instruments

There are 102 comments on the Public Opinion story from May 21, 2011, titled Patients urged to test for infections after Chambersburg urology practice admits reusing instruments. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

Patients of a Chambersburg urology practice recently received a potentially unsettling letter, advising them to get tested for HIV and hepatitis because reused instruments had been used for their prostate biopsies.

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Sad

Chambersburg, PA

#115 May 23, 2011
I must speak up in defense of Dr Glass. I find it impossible to believe that he would be involved in something underhanded like this. He is a true gentleman; a kind and caring doctor who helped us all the way through my father's two year struggle with cancer. He could not do enough, and was not content to leave issues unresolved. Dr Haran definitely had a bad reputation as far as his dealing with patients was concerned, and I don't know the other dr. mentioned, but it is odd that both of them have gone and the two 'good guys' are left to do the right thing and face the music.
scarey

Chambersburg, PA

#116 May 23, 2011
I was told today that Dr. Harren was FIRED, and i'm glad! He took care of my dad and i'm mad as he** that he got away with this for so long.
Benjamin

Chambersburg, PA

#117 May 23, 2011
scarey wrote:
I was told today that Dr. Harren was FIRED, and i'm glad! He took care of my dad and i'm mad as he** that he got away with this for so long.
Well you need to check your sources because he was not fired. Just goes to show what rumors will do and how people just love to spread them. Next time get your facts straight before you post anything. He resigned.
GREENCASTLE

Carlisle, PA

#118 May 23, 2011
abby wrote:
Sobeit, just so you are aware. Urology Associates are not a part of Summit Health, they are a private practice. But yes, I do agree that the doctors were not aware as the nurses/techs set everything up for the doctors.
yes they are a part of summit health and chamb and waynesboro hospitals and "single use" needles are to be opened by the doctor when he performs procedure, not before by the nurse
prostate cancer patient

Aspers, PA

#119 May 23, 2011
For those who write nasty notes on Dr. Tajkarimi. Dr. Tajkarimi is by far the most trained urologist in this part of PA. I was his patient. He has cured me of prostate cancer. and I can assure you that he has been the one taking care of the complication of the other three for the past 3 years. He gives his cell phone to all of his patients that he operates and calls to check on them all the time. I found out that as soon as he found out about this barbaric practice of needle use by the practice, he made them stop it, and resigned in disgust. All of Haren's, dozens of Glass and Klinko patients have left to join him at the Summit Health. Dr. Tajkarimi has taken care of me, my wife, my two sons, and two grandchildren. My entire community and church love Dr. Tajkarimi, and we hope he stays in this area.
prostate cancer patient

Aspers, PA

#120 May 23, 2011
disgusted former patient wrote:
After waiting in a crowded waiting room for over an hour I was taken back to a treatment room. Dr Taj announced that I had prostate cancer and needed a biopsy before he did any exam. Very blunt, no compassion. I realize he deals with cancer patients all day but each and every one is a real person who may be facing death. Arrogance does not go over well with me or my wife so thankfully we cancelled the biopsy appointment and went to a compassionate physician in Altoona. I never gave a second thought to traveling so much further to see another physician and now am so so grateful I did.
I am not sure if you are telling the truth. You first need a biopsy before you are told you have prostate cancer. for your information, dr. Tajkarimi, spent an hour with me with my wife, gave me a computer presentation, all the options, and gave me a book by a Hopkins surgeon as a gift. His compassion is unmatched in any doctor I have ever met. Why do you think 90% of major surgeries are done by Dr. Taj? In my church, he is the one and only choice. He is the most humble, caring doctor. I am full bladder control, cancer free, and very satisfied with Dr. Taj.
prostate cancer patient

Aspers, PA

#121 May 23, 2011
Benjamin wrote:
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Well, you do know that Dr. Tajkarimi left that practice and opened his own at Summit. I did not have him as a Dr but heard nothing but bad things about his attitude. I feel that he should've been held accountable for this too. But noone is mentioning him as one who reused needles also.
contrary to what you are saying. Dr. Tajkarimi's reputation in the community is impecable. What you heard is lie or something you are making up. You should not post nasty comments unless you know the doctor yourself. You must have a personal vandetta. perhaps your are one of the doctor's who is going to get his licence revoked very soon. I am an attorney, and Dr. Taj's patient. I have spoken with Summit Health people and they all trust Dr. Tajkarimi, they would not have brought him if he was guilty.
TKO

Chambersburg, PA

#122 May 23, 2011
prostate cancer patient wrote:
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I am not sure if you are telling the truth. You first need a biopsy before you are told you have prostate cancer. for your information, dr. Tajkarimi, spent an hour with me with my wife, gave me a computer presentation, all the options, and gave me a book by a Hopkins surgeon as a gift. His compassion is unmatched in any doctor I have ever met. Why do you think 90% of major surgeries are done by Dr. Taj? In my church, he is the one and only choice. He is the most humble, caring doctor. I am full bladder control, cancer free, and very satisfied with Dr. Taj.
And let me guess. He told you it had to be removed or you will die in a few months like the rest tell patience with your condition which will make you impotent and wear diapers forever but they don't care this is how they make the big quick money as opposed to all the nonsurgery treatments that are out there that they wont tell you about because they don't make the big money with those treatments and don't care that they ruin your life. They only care about the big quick money.
prostate cancer patient

Aspers, PA

#123 May 23, 2011
TKO wrote:
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And let me guess. He told you it had to be removed or you will die in a few months like the rest tell patience with your condition which will make you impotent and wear diapers forever but they don't care this is how they make the big quick money as opposed to all the nonsurgery treatments that are out there that they wont tell you about because they don't make the big money with those treatments and don't care that they ruin your life. They only care about the big quick money.
I hope you don't face prostate cancer like I did. For your information, Dr. Taj, gave me all the options, including doing nothing, radiation, seeds. I chose robotic surgery, because I am 56, healthy, and the best chance for cure is surgery, not just here, but everywhere. I even went to Hershey for second opinion, and they also recommended surgery. I find it very offensive that you write as if my life has been ruined. I am very happy with my treatment and cancer free. I left the hospital in one day and went to work in 2 weeks. I am completely dry, and have no sexual complaints after my surgery a year ago. My insurance only paid the doctor less than 1400 dollars, which included 90 days of free follow up. nonsurgery treatments that you are advocating, cost more than $80,000 to my insurance with a huge copay and more than 17 treatments. FYI, surgery is much cheaper than radiation, and radiation is not recommended for young men. so please stop misinforming people with lies. Don't insult our intelligence.
another patient

Landisburg, PA

#125 May 23, 2011
prostate cancer patient wrote:
For those who write nasty notes on Dr. Tajkarimi. Dr. Tajkarimi is by far the most trained urologist in this part of PA. I was his patient. He has cured me of prostate cancer. and I can assure you that he has been the one taking care of the complication of the other three for the past 3 years. He gives his cell phone to all of his patients that he operates and calls to check on them all the time. I found out that as soon as he found out about this barbaric practice of needle use by the practice, he made them stop it, and resigned in disgust. All of Haren's, dozens of Glass and Klinko patients have left to join him at the Summit Health. Dr. Tajkarimi has taken care of me, my wife, my two sons, and two grandchildren. My entire community and church love Dr. Tajkarimi, and we hope he stays in this area.
Everyone has there own opinions, this sure wasn't my experience. I was his patient also and it was a nightmare. Dr. Harren saved me, I am panicking now that he is gone...
yep

Chambersburg, PA

#128 May 23, 2011
bull crap, lots of techs and or a nurse will set up procedure trays for doctor on a sterile field. you think a doctor who has sterile gloves is going to open up an unsterile package.just because they practice in both hospital does not mean they are on payroll of summit.
GREENCASTLE wrote:
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yes they are a part of summit health and chamb and waynesboro hospitals and "single use" needles are to be opened by the doctor when he performs procedure, not before by the nurse
yep

Chambersburg, PA

#129 May 23, 2011
interesting link noting summit health and urology assoc is blocked
prostate cancer patient

Aspers, PA

#130 May 23, 2011
TKO wrote:
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So your a lawyer. Well no wonder he's going to treat you right so you don't sue him. Lawyers around here are liars and scammers too and the biggest ones are Patrick Redding and his wife.
Yes, I am an attorney, but he didn't even ask what my job is. didn't you just write that Dr. Taj took great care of your MOTHER? is she a lawyer? For your information, Dr. Taj has taken care of both the rich and poor of chambersburg with the same care. I know this because we can't speak enough good things about him every sunday at our Church. He joined Urology Associates in 2008 right out of residency, he told me he owed more than 250,000 in student loan debt. Why would someone right out of residency risk his entire career and agree to this barbaric practice of reuse of needles that started back in the late 80's, when Dr. Taj was 10 years ald? Dr. Taj is the one who stopped them from hurting more patient's lives. At our church, we pray that he does not leave our community. I spoke with my primary doctor yesterday, and he told me that most primary doctors have decided to send their patients exclusively to Dr. Taj, because they don't trust Urology Associates, and their patients love him. And they trust Summit health.
another patient

Landisburg, PA

#131 May 23, 2011
prostate cancer patient wrote:
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Yes, I am an attorney, but he didn't even ask what my job is. didn't you just write that Dr. Taj took great care of your MOTHER? is she a lawyer? For your information, Dr. Taj has taken care of both the rich and poor of chambersburg with the same care. I know this because we can't speak enough good things about him every sunday at our Church. He joined Urology Associates in 2008 right out of residency, he told me he owed more than 250,000 in student loan debt. Why would someone right out of residency risk his entire career and agree to this barbaric practice of reuse of needles that started back in the late 80's, when Dr. Taj was 10 years ald? Dr. Taj is the one who stopped them from hurting more patient's lives. At our church, we pray that he does not leave our community. I spoke with my primary doctor yesterday, and he told me that most primary doctors have decided to send their patients exclusively to Dr. Taj, because they don't trust Urology Associates, and their patients love him. And they trust Summit health.
Dr. Taj, is that you ?
TKO

Chambersburg, PA

#132 May 23, 2011
prostate cancer patient wrote:
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Yes, I am an attorney, but he didn't even ask what my job is. didn't you just write that Dr. Taj took great care of your MOTHER? is she a lawyer? For your information, Dr. Taj has taken care of both the rich and poor of chambersburg with the same care. I know this because we can't speak enough good things about him every sunday at our Church. He joined Urology Associates in 2008 right out of residency, he told me he owed more than 250,000 in student loan debt. Why would someone right out of residency risk his entire career and agree to this barbaric practice of reuse of needles that started back in the late 80's, when Dr. Taj was 10 years ald? Dr. Taj is the one who stopped them from hurting more patient's lives. At our church, we pray that he does not leave our community. I spoke with my primary doctor yesterday, and he told me that most primary doctors have decided to send their patients exclusively to Dr. Taj, because they don't trust Urology Associates, and their patients love him. And they trust Summit health.
No my moms not a lawyer and yes she is very happy with him. I only said that because if he was like the others he would have treated you different knowing the fact you are a lawyer or cop or DA or something like that. I thought you wrote down your profession or job description for them for their records like other doctors ask for anyways I hope you are right about him for everybody's sake around and I hope your right about all the doctors around here recommending him to their patience if he is a good doctor like you say he is. Sorry but I don't trust churches around here either. Alot of them worship money they scam off people and not god.
pay attention

Chambersburg, PA

#133 May 23, 2011
you do understand that a surgeon may have privileges at a hospital and not be owned by that hospital/system, right? and until you work in an OR room/suite you have no right to comment on proper procedure
GREENCASTLE wrote:
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yes they are a part of summit health and chamb and waynesboro hospitals and "single use" needles are to be opened by the doctor when he performs procedure, not before by the nurse
erna konig

Santa Clara, CA

#134 May 23, 2011
for info and file
abby

Chambersburg, PA

#136 May 24, 2011
GREENCASTLE wrote:
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yes they are a part of summit health and chamb and waynesboro hospitals and "single use" needles are to be opened by the doctor when he performs procedure, not before by the nurse
They are not owned by Summit Health. They are a private practice that preform surgeries and round at the Chamberwsburg and Waynesboro hospitals, but thats all. And the Dr's do not put trays together, the nurses do. So get your facts straight.
Scout45

Shippensburg, PA

#137 May 24, 2011
Why is this Doctor's Office still Open???????

They want more money.
Have to make it while they can.
Obamacare is coming, and they know it.
cindy lawson

Gettysburg, PA

#138 May 24, 2011
makes you wonder what other things doctors are doing to put their patients at risk

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