Thousands of veterans exposed to HIV and Hep through contaminated colonoscopies - page 2

Unbelievable! Some places just "washed the equipment off at the end of the day" instead of sterilizing them as the manufacturer requires. We already have enough trouble getting people to get this necessary test.... Read More

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    That's terrible. I have no idea how it works, but we used to have to wash the ER's scope in some sort of super colonoscopy washing machine controlled by a computer. I'm fairly sure the whole process takes about 30 minutes.

    People will do anything to save time or a buck, and at the sake of veterans' safety? Abhorrent!
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    OMG there is NO reason for that- seriously- who thinks just washing something off after it has been inside of someone is a suitable practice??!?!?! Oh it makes me so angry!
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    Our country fails our veterans in so many ways, especially with regard to their health care. This is beyond disgusting and horrible; it sounds criminal.
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    I recently posted an FDA alert about insulin pens being reused. Apparently, thousands of patients were exposed to contaminated insulin pens in at least one military hospital. http://allnurses.com/nursing-news/ri...od-378749.html

    Now this.
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    I was watching the news 2 weeks ago and saw this story. Results from the HIV, Hep B, and Hep C results are in. Crazy numbers from Miami and Knoxville. I can't remember the exact numbers, but I believe there were 16 or so infected with HIV
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    Quote from unwell
    I was watching the news 2 weeks ago and saw this story. Results from the HIV, Hep B, and Hep C results are in. Crazy numbers from Miami and Knoxville. I can't remember the exact numbers, but I believe there were 16 or so infected with HIV
    Oh, my, someone should be made accountable for this awful and costly mistake. I almost don't want to believe it. Lord, have mercy.
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    :yeahthat:

    I am so disgusted that these veterans, who sacrificed their lives for this country, receive such shoddy care.

    There is no excuse for not sterilizing scopes between patients. Anyone who understands the basics of infection control should "get" that. The insulin pens---each patient should have his/her own insulin pen. Duh. Again, basic infection control.

    My family member who is in the Army National Guard once went to have dental work done at a VA facility. The dentist was halfway done with the procedure, then stopped so he could have lunch. My family member sat in the dental chair and WAITED for this moron to finish his lunch.

    Veterans deserve better care. And, interestingly enough, it seems that the Senators and Congressmen who are most in favor of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars also want to DECREASE veterans' health benefits.

    Shameful. Just shameful.
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    In an effort to balance the budget and reduce health care costs, I would like to suggest all senators and representatives share the same medical care we give our veterans.
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