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The problem at the Miami VA facility comes on the heels of similar problems with endoscopies at the VA clinic in Murfreesboro. In December 2008, an investigation found that clinic workers were not following manufacturer's directions and switched out parts they weren't supposed to switch out, according to investigators. About 6,000 people who underwent colonoscopies at the clinic were notified and offered free testing for infections.
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I almost titled this "Crapping On The Vets Again" but given the fact it involved colonoscopy equip, I thought better of it
It's just so hard for me to understand why we seem to hold our veterans in such disregard; disregard for their mental health,disregard for their physical health...it's terrible. Prisoners at Gitmo had access to state of the art medical treatment and equipment; you'd think our veterans would have access to something along those lines
The statement also said "tubing attached to the scope was processed at the end of each day instead of between each patient as required by the manufacturer's instructions."
The VA letter to Craig said he "could have been exposed to body fluids from a previous patient." Craig said his follow-up test did not show any infection.
He said he thinks the VA was saving money by not cleaning the tubing between its use on each patient.
"What if this was a public hospital?" said Craig, who has six grandchildren. "There's no reason in the world a veteran can't file a suit against a veteran hospital the same as a public hospital. This is veterans you are talking about."
Rupp, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said that "tracking is very difficult" and that hospitals are not required to report mistakes that expose patients to infectious diseases.