Inadequate infection control protocols likely were the root of a deadly streptococcus outbreak among liposuction patients at weight loss clinics in 2012, an analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine found. The study highlights the need for cosmetic surgery patients to ensure they are treated at an accredited facility by a board-certified plastic surgeon, writes Robert Grant, chief of plastic surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center. "[I]t is essential to educate patients on the importance of working with board-certified plastic surgeons and ensuring their cosmetic procedures [are] performed at accredited locations," Grant writes.

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