October 19, 2012 – The physicians of Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics are in communication with public officials to ensure that we and our patients have the most current information on the national meningitis outbreak associated with injections of certain steroid products. We care about the health and wellness of our patients and we are doing everything we can to cooperate with state officials as they continue their investigation.
To date, there have been no confirmed reports of infections linked to the NECC products used by Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are contacting patients as we cannot be sure that other products from this facility were sterile.
NECC products used by Access physicians were used exclusively for Joint Injections. The symptoms of infection may include fever, swelling, increasing pain, redness, or warmth at the injection site. Any patients with these symptoms, should seek medical care so that they can be properly evaluated.
We are currently in the process of notifying all Access patients who received an NECC product in their course of treatment.
Additional information is available as follows. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has provided a notice that is available at the following link: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov. In addition, DHHS has set up an information line for people to call with questions about this outbreak at 603-271-6617. More information can be found on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/patients/faq-meningitis-outbreak-patients.html or on the DHHS website at https://www.dhhs.nh.gov.
If you have any questions about this issue please feel free to contact us at (603)-775-7575.
The Physicians of Access Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics