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July 19, 2019

Michigan doctor accused of reusing non-reusable rectal device on multiple patients

June 17, 2019
Kalamazoo OB-GYN Roger Beyer says he did nothing wrong. (WWMT)

Rectum? Could have killed ’em!

A Kalamazoo, Mich., doctor is accused of potentially endangering patients by reusing a rectal pressure device the FDA recommends disposing of after a single use, according to a Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs complaint posted to the state’s website.

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Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services is recommending that anyone who has been treated by Dr. Roger Beyer’s Urological Solutions of Michigan and Women’s Health Care Specialists undergo testing for HIV or hepatitis after an investigation revealed, that according to one nurse, a disposable sensor “was used over 100 times before being replaced.”

A second nurse who also said the device was used on multiple patients reportedly claimed the device “was cleaned occasionally,” according to the report.

The device, called the Promethus RPS, also comes with a warning from its manufacturer not to reuse the product. The complaint against Beyer accuses him of “violation of a general duty, consisting of negligence or failure to exercise due care.”

The complaint, filed May 31, gives the doctor 30 days to respond to the accusations against him.

Beyer told West Michigan station WWMT on Tuesday that he has done nothing wrong, has seen no infections from reusing the device and doesn’t agree with the complaint against him.

“I immediately had this stopped until we can investigate it,” he said. “We found out we were doing it the proper way.

The Detroit Free Press reports there have been no reports of disease related to Beyer’s alleged practices. Bloodborne pathogens that could arise from exposure to a repurposing a single-use rectal device like Promethus RPS can cause disease with little or no symptoms, according to Mlive.com .

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