Back in January, the VA had another issue with sending instruments and other items via delivery service to another facility to sterilize, which to me doesn’t make sense.
Sterilization at a VA Hospital – Should this be outsourced for another VA facility to sterilize tools and equipment used?
I guess it’s a good thing all of these items are coming to light though so they can be corrected. This situation here in Florida I hope will have not exposed or been a vehicle for anyone becoming infected. BD
WASHINGTON -- The Miami Veterans Affairs hospital, which may have exposed thousands of veterans to HIV and hepatitis by using improperly sterilized colonoscopy equipment, gave itself a clean bill of health in January, only to discover problems two months later after a more intensive review, VA officials told U.S. House members in a closed-door briefing Thursday.
The green light came weeks after the Department of Veterans Affairs, in a Dec. 22 alert, warned veterans hospitals nationwide to check for problems associated with colonoscopy equipment. The alert followed similar reported problems at a Tennessee VA clinic that also could have exposed thousands of veterans to hepatitis and HIV.
The Miami problem arose when the tubing, pump and reservoir used in the colonoscopy procedure were rinsed after use but not disinfected as required by the manufacturer. It created a slight chance that back-flow from the pump could carry tiny amounts of virus into the patient.