- Elective surgeries resumed Friday at Mercy San Juan Medical
Center, one day after they were halted when a patient tested positive for
a brain infection.
- "We're now in the process of rescheduling operations
we'd postponed," said Bryan Gardner, hospital spokesman.
- He said the Carmichael hospital voluntarily stopped elective
surgeries Thursday after doctors said a patient had contracted Creutzfeldt-Jacob
disease, a devastating brain disorder.
- The hospital was placed on alert after a patient, who
underwent a brain biopsy, was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease,
- At the same time, the case was reported to the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control, he said. Gardner said the instruments used on that
patient were taken out of circulation to prevent the disease from spreading.
- Gardner said hospital officials began rescheduling surgeries
Friday morning following lengthly telephone consultations with the state
Department of Health and the CDC.
- "Those agencies have advised us that we have gone
above and beyond what was necessary to ensure the safety of patients and
staff," Gardner said. "What people need to understand, is that
there is no risk to our staff and other patients of the hospital."