Evans surgery center sends warning letter to 1,300 patients

The Evans Surgery Center sent out letters this week to warn patients of a possible infection.

The center is notifying about 1,300 patients who underwent gastrointestinal procedures with endoscopes that might not have been properly sanitized, according to the letter dated Tuesday.

During a recent quality review of the medical facility on Ronald Reagan Drive, it was discovered that staff failed to follow a manufacturer’s recommendation to sanitize the endoscope for at least five minutes.

Jeff Simless, the vice president of operations at the center, confirmed the authenticity of the letter, but could not immediately comment this morning on who conducted the review.

Following discussions with “leading authorities in infectious diseases,” according to the letter, “the risk of disease transmission is near zero.” Mr. Simless could not name the “authorities.”

The Center is offering free testing at any LabCorp location “to confirm that no infection was transmitted.”

LabCorp can be reached by calling 1-800-203-0560 or visiting www.labcorp.com. The testing facility will report the results to the surgery center, who will then notify patients within seven to 10 working days.

According to the letter, the toll free number, 1-888-594-8651, was set up to answer patient questions or concerns regarding possible infections.

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