Improper sterilization procedures prompts letters to Vets who underwent colonoscopies

A Seattle TV Station, KIROTV.com, reports that 3,260 patients at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Miami, Florida have received notices after they had a colonoscopy recommending that they should be tested for HIV, hepatitis and other diseases. The letters were sent out after it was discovered that endoscopic equipment was not properly sterilized when the hospital performed a review of their procedures.

The letter said that there is only a small chance that patients weere infected because it was only rubber tubing that did not touch patients that had not been sterilized. However, there is a small chance that there could have been a back flow from a previous patient said Dr. John Vara, the VA chief of staff.

Letters went out to all patients who had endoscopic procedures between May 2004 and March 12, 2009. Patients should cal 1-877-575-7256 for more information.

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