Patients of Kalamazoo OB-GYN under investigation get tested for HIV, hepatitis

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Patients of Kalamazoo OB-GYN under investigation get tested for HIV, hepatitis. (WWMT/Manuel Revilla)

The investigation continues into a Kalamazoo doctor accused by state health officials of training nurses to reuse a rectal examination tool.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recommended that patients of Dr. Roger Beyer, who owns Urological Solutions of Michigan and Women's Health Care Specialists on Stadium Drive, talk to their healthcare provider about possible testing for HIV and hepatitis. The Kalamazoo County Health Department issued a news release reminding the public it offers free testing for HIV and hepatitis.

Kalamazoo County Health Department Personal Health Division Chief Penny Born said the department began receiving a high volume of calls from Beyer's former patients.

"It stared Wednesday morning. We’re getting a lot of calls, a lot of staff are branching to take those calls and call those clients back," Born said.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs issued an administrative complaint against Beyer on May 21, accusing him of violating state health codes by reusing the medical device against Food and Drug Administration protocol.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said there's been no reports of blood borne disease related to Beyer's practices. Born said patients are at a low-risk for infection.

"It is very low risk. It is very unlikely they would contract these diseases through an object. We want to take precautions and feel safe, if there at all concerned, we want them to come in for testing and we advise testing for anyone that may have been exposed," said Born.

Jacqueline Cruzan said she went to her doctors' office to get tested for HIV and hepatitis Wednesday.

"It scares me. I have a mix of emotions," she said.

Cruzan, a long time patient of Beyer, said the problems began after she went in for rectal and bladder surgery in 2012.

"He sent me home with a massive infection. I almost died, they literally had to revive me," Cruzan said.

As recently as 2013, Cruzan said she received follow-up treatment with Beyer that involved a rectal pressure sensor.

"It had it done numerous times, two-three times a week," Cruzan said.

State health officials are accusing Beyer of training his nurse practitioners of reusing the a rectal pressure sensor (RPS), which is used to provide accurate detection of muscle contraction activity in the pelvic musculature.

Beyer said Tuesday he thought the FDA allowed the device to be reused and said he would never do anything to jeopardize his patient's health.

"We’ve been using it for 12 years and haven’t seen any infections. We used the cleaning solution that kills Hepatitis A, B and HIV, then covered the device with a sleeve," Beyer said. "I would never do anything that would jeopardize their health in all the years that I’ve practiced. Their health and wellness has been a number one priority."