VA Director Comments On Colonoscopy Problems 6-23-2010 - WSMV Channel 4

VA Director Comments On Colonoscopy Problems 6-23-2010

Dirty colonoscopy equipment at Veterans Affairs hospitals was not only a problem in Murfreesboro, but a system-wide concern, according to the VA secretary who visited Nashville on Wednesday.
Secretary Eric Shinseki says a doctor and nurse discovered the problem the Channel Four I-team first told you about two years ago.
"This is a systemic issue, not a case of an individual not doing what was expected. We had a full investigation. We learned a lot. We put procedures in place," said Shinseki.
However, the secretary says he cannot rule out a recurrence of tainted colonoscopy equipment being used on patients.
He said that all good organizations check their procedures to hopefully catch problems earlier rather than later.
Six-thousand five-hundred veterans had to be tested after VA workers reported a problem with the tainted equipment two years ago. The tests showed that 32 of those patients had Hepatitis or HIV.
The same problems occurred at facilities in Augusta, Ga., and Miami. The VA offered free medical treatment to all those affected.

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