Unsterilized VA Equipment Infects Many

Thousands of former servicemembers may have been treated with endoscopic equipment that wasn't properly sterilized, exposing them to the body fluids of others at three Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals in Florida.

"It was not the scopes that there was a problem with," says Dr. James P. Bagian, director of the National Center for Patient Safety at the VA. "The tubing that was attached to the scope, in some cases, had not been processed correctly, which meant there could be a chance ... that there could have been cross-contamination between patients."



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