Thousands of veterans exposed to HIV and Hep through contaminated colonoscopies

  1. 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.
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  3. by   ®Nurse
    Once upon a time, I used to work at a Dr's office in the back office. We all took turns cleaning the flexible sig. We'd get all gowned, gloved and goggled and spend THREE FULL HOURS taking that thing apart, piece by piece, and scrubbing each little microscopic inch of it with this horrid-smelling yellow green slimy liquid called "Cidex".

    Merely "washing it off" is UNACCEPTABLE procedure. The folks who are in charge of making sure that safety procedures are followed, should be made to have the flex sig used on them - one after the other!!!

  4. by   dblpn
    This is absolutely Unacceptable! all the way from 2004 until now? this is ridiculous. i'm so tired of hearing horrid stories involving our VA hospitals. our veterans deserved better patient care than they're getting...this shouldn't happen at any hospital. our government needs to have better oversight of VA hospitals.
  5. by   leslie :-D
    i am just so totally disgusted.

  6. by   flightnurse2b
    they should very ashamed of themselves. that is disgusting.

    the scopes in the endo unit where i used to work were brushed with metricide, flushed with glutaraldehyde, heated in the steamer and then cleaned in rapicide for 45 minutes after ea and every use and that is how it should be.
  7. by   Straydandelion
    What is it lately with the problem with unsterile equipment in GI labs, this is about the third article I have read of different places so you know there is much more. Did the recommendation for GI lab say something like "you don't have to sterilize??" .. this is appalling!
  8. by   Jolie
    Rinsed after each use, and only sterilized at the end of the day? So the only patient who had contact with properly sterilized equipment was the first patient of the day?

    Let's see, do we rinse surgical trays between cases and only sterilize them at the end of the day? Do we rinse laryngoscopes after each intubation and only sterilize them at the end of the day? Do we rinse delivery room instruments after each use and only sterilize them at the end of th day?

    How can anyone, anywhere, with any degree of experience in health care have possibly believed this was OK?
  9. by   flightnurse2b
    Quote from Jolie

    How can anyone, anywhere, with any degree of experience in health care have possibly believed this was OK?
    this is exactly what i thought too. anyone with half of a brain knows that the colon is dirty.
    i wonder if it was just out of sheer laziness on the part of the person supposed to be "washing" the scopes?
  10. by   FireStarterRN
    That is totally, totally gross.
  11. by   erichRN
    ahh, the VA; gotta love 'em (actually, I was thinking about getting one-- thanks for the warning, although now might be the best time)
  12. by   WalkieTalkie
    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!
  13. by   changeofpaceRN
    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!
  14. by   AtomicWoman
    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.