Osteo Relief Institute in Wall Township shut down after patients contract infections

Osteo Relief Institute in Wall Township shut down after patients contract infections from injections.

Osteo Relief Institute in Wall Township shut down after patients contract infections from injections. (3/17/17)

WALL TOWNSHIP - The Osteo Relief Institute in Wall Township was shut down after over 30 patients contracted infections, according to the Monmouth County Regional Board of Health.

The institute was closed last Tuesday after the patients received various injections to help manage knee pain.

The New Jersey Department of Health says the patients developed cases of septic arthritis, an infection surrounding their joints. The infections were all linked to the institute. Over 20 of the patients had to have surgery to clear out the infection.

Mary Adams says she received injections at the Osteo Relief Institute. She tells News 12 New Jersey that she soon came down with an infection that landed her in the hospital for eight days.

“I was so upset with them because when I went there they did nothing to help me,” Adams says.

She says that the infection caused her foot to swell up and she couldn’t walk. Her daughter took her to the hospital, where emergency surgery was performed.

Adams is now recovering at a rehab facility in Vauxhall. She says that she is having to relearn how to walk, but is lucky to be alive.

“If I didn't go to the hospital I don't know where I would have been today,” she says.

Health officials investigated the institute after the complaints and found multiple infection control and injection safety breaches that have previously been associated with infections and outbreaks. Cultures from the infections found strep and staph forms of bacteria, along with several others types.

The institute did send letters to patients who received the injections on certain dates in early March, according to the New Jersey Department of Health. The institute stopped giving injections on March 6 and closed March 8.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Emergency Medicine chairman Dr. Robert Eisenstein says that septic arthritis is a serious health concern.

“The treatment is drainage of the joint and IV antibiotics,” he says. “The concern is like any other infection, if it's not treated the infection can spread beyond the joint.

Doctors tell News 12 that anyone who received an injection and is experiencing symptoms such as joint pain, joint swelling or fever should go to the emergency room to be checked out. 

The New Jersey Department of Health is looking for additional cases of septic arthritis following injections from Sept. 1, 2016 through March 6, 2017. Anyone who may be affected should call the department at 609-826-5964.

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NJDOH Communicable Disease Service : 609-826-5964

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