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Extent of dirty VA hospital equipment unknown

Discussion in 'Health' started by ASPCA4EVER, Apr 27, 2009.


    ASPCA4EVER Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2009
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    Land of the JAYHAWKS-ROCK CHOCK Jayhawk, KU
    Nearly 11,000 veterans could have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis
    updated 6:57 p.m. CT, Fri., April 24, 2009
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Thousands of veterans were at first shocked to learn they should get blood tests for HIV and hepatitis because three hospitals might have treated them with unsterile equipment. Now, just a couple of months after the Department of Veterans Affairs issued the dire warnings, veterans are growing frustrated by the lack of information from the tight-lipped federal agency.

    Nearly 11,000 former sailors, soldiers, airmen and Marines could have been exposed to infectious diseases because three VA hospitals in the Southeast did not properly clean endoscopic equipment between patients. On Friday, the VA revealed that another patient had tested positive for HIV, bringing the total to four such cases among patients who got endoscope procedures at hospitals in Miami, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Augusta, Ga.

    The agency also said a new hepatitis case had been discovered, increasing the number of positive tests to 26. More than 4,270 veterans still have yet to get test results.


    The article continues with a couple of horrible stories about patients being called up and were told that they had the HIV virus and when they went and got another test done...that test came back as a 'negative'. This is just the worst, of the worst things we seem to be able to do continually to our veterans!!! :mad:
  2. Pandora

    Pandora Well-Known Member

    Apr 6, 2008
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    The people's republic of Eugene
    Oh that is a sad story
  3. marklutroni

    marklutroni Member

    Apr 28, 2009
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    That a bad news for many VAs..

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