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Vials found dumped outside Henderson allergy office

Posted at 11:49 PM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-01 02:53:52-04
Hundreds of vials with personal information were found in a dumpster outside a Henderson allergy office.
All of the vials were expired but had the labels with the patient's names and birthdays on them.
Allergy Partners of Nevada was already closed at the time 13 Action News found the vials, but we managed to get in touch with one of the doctors who works in the office.
He said that is not how his staff is trained to dispose of the vials.
Dr. Sean McKnight said he takes patient safety and privacy very seriously and encrypts all of the patient records in case someone breaks into his office.
He says his staff is supposed to remove the labels from the vials before the vials ever leave the office.
Within minutes of our first conversation Dr. McKnight and his office manager were here trying to get to the bottom of the issue.
“We do everything to keep patient safety at a very high level,” Dr. McKnight said. “Fortunately, these vials contain nothing other than pollen and saline so they pose no danger to anyone. We are currently finding out internally investigating what happened, what changed with our typical protocol."
After talking with Dr. McKnight, 13 Action News handed over the vials we pulled from the dumpster, so his staff could properly dispose of them.
McKnight even jumped in the dumpster himself and found a vial our crew missed.
McKnight said he will be calling the board of medical examiners Thursday to report the problem.