Following the closure of a Monarch Medspa office in Maryland, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is warning customers of the company that they may have been exposed to Group A Streptococcus.
Monarch Medspa, based in King of Prussia, has five locations in three states, including an office in Susquehanna Township.
According to a news release by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, three people who had liposuction at Monarch in the last month were hospitalized with severe strep infections, and one of them died.
The Maryland department issued a closure order for that office Sept. 19, writing that inspectors “observed probable deviations from standard infection control practices” at the office the previous day.
Pennsylvania’s department wrote that the Maryland employees often work in the Pennsylvania locations as well. An investigation is under way and “Monarch Medspa has fully cooperated” throughout.
Monarch had no comment beyond the following statement:
“Baltimore Laser Solutions, Inc. d/b/a Monarch Med Spa, voluntarily agreed to suspend all procedures at its Timonium, Maryland, facility as a precautionary measure pending a definitive epidemiological investigation and determination of cause by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The decision follows three cases, including one death, involving invasive streptococcal infections that were reported to the Department on or about September 17, 2012. Monarch’s primary concern is for the safety and well-being of all of our patients, and we extend our deepest sympathy to the deceased patient’s family. Our company and its staff are fully cooperating with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and any subsequent related inquiries at all Monarch locations. Monarch has been in business for eight years and has successfully performed thousands of complication-free surgical procedures performed by licensed health professionals. The suspected infections are a new development and their possible origins are being closely and carefully investigated.”
Cosmetic surgery centers in Maryland are not currently subject to state licensure.