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WASHINGTON: Seattle Hospital Reports Improper Cleaning of Colonoscopy Equipment


Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne) (01.23.2014)

The Journal Gazette reported that Seattle Children’s Hospital has advised 105 patients ranging from toddlers to teenagers who had colonoscopies between 2011 and 2013 to be tested for hepatitis B and C and HIV after the hospital discovered that staff had not properly cleaned the equipment used during their procedures. While Dr. Danielle Zerr, the hospital’s medical director for infection prevention, said that the risk for infection is “very low,” the hospital began notifying all of the patients several days ago and recommending the screenings on the advice of Seattle and King County Public Health Departments. The error in the cleaning process occurred because technicians had not been adequately trained in correct cleaning procedures. The hospital has rectified this with retraining and requirements that all colonoscopy staffers demonstrate cleaning competency every six months.


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