456 Atlanta colonoscopy patients warned of infection risk

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 7:44 AM
Last updated 7:28 PM
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ATLANTA — An Atlanta surgery center is warning 456 patients that their colonoscopies might have put them at risk of HIV and other diseases.

Piedmont Healthcare has advised the patients that they should be tested for HIV as well as hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

The concerns involve surgeries at Piedmont West Surgery Center on Howell Mill Road between May 2011 and mid-April of this year.

Piedmont said no patient has reported problems.

Statistically, the risk of transmission of disease “is actually quite remote,” Dr. Leigh Hamby, Piedmont’s chief medical officer, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Piedmont said the surgery center staff cleaned the endoscopy instruments with enzymatic soap after each use. However, officials said the staff failed to perform the final recommended step of soaking the equipment in a high-level disinfectant.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/01/13 - 08:24 am
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Healthcare is breaking down,

Healthcare is breaking down,

But I thought Obamacare was the solution?

No, it weaken and defunded or TAXED medical items and many services.

Now we are seeing increases in infection rates, dirty O.R.'s and doctors closing up because they cannot run a practice due the time it takes for Federal paperwork reporting.

My own brother recently had surgery, ended up with an infection, was scheduled for an O.R. to removed the infected areas and had to wait 2 extra days because the 1 O.R. team was overbooked and because there was a lack of surgeons. The infect spread and more was removed.

The Federal Government and our Socialists Liberal Democrats pipe dream ideas are literately killing people.

Our Government should regulate only safety and honesty, NOT how care is deliver and require forests to be cut down to feed their red tape.

With Obama stealing billions from Medicare to fund his broken out of the box national healthcare dream. He is killing 100's a day.

National Healthcare is a Legalized Serial Killer

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 05/01/13 - 08:20 am
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Perhaps treating the surgery center staff

to a free colonoscopy using those instruments will encourage them to take ANY and ALL measures to sanitize them properly.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 05/01/13 - 09:18 am
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"scheduled for an O.R. to

"scheduled for an O.R. to removed the infected areas and had to wait 2 extra days because the 1 O.R. team was overbooked and because there was a lack of surgeons."

We ain't seen nothing yet. Wait times for EVERY procedure will be going WAY up and the quality is going down.

grinder48
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grinder48 05/01/13 - 11:41 am
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Ridiculous
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This is ridiculous and inexcusable !

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