Miami VA Hospital Faces Another Colonoscopy Scandal

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In a follow-up to a colonoscopy scandal at a Miami Veteran’s Administration health facility in 2009 through which thousands of veterans may have been exposed to infectious diseases from improperly cleaned endoscopy equipment, the hospital director has been temporarily reassigned. The reason? Under her watch, about 80 colonoscopy patients who may have been exposed to the dirty equipment were not notified. They should have been notified when about 2,400 other patients were notified.

The situation is “inexcusable” Dr. Robert Jesse, the VA principal deputy undersecretary for health, said in a conference call today.

“About 50 patients from the three sites tested positive for infections last year, including eight cases of HIV,” according to The Miami Herald. “The source of the infections isn't known.”

This case is linked to similar cleaning woes at Veteran’s Administration facilities in Georgia and Tennessee.

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