Evans surgery center sends warning letter to 1,300 patients

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 10:37 AM
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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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whynot2
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whynot2 03/04/09 - 12:37 pm
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Man Columbia County has truly

Man Columbia County has truly brought everything to Evans.

sophiecat1
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sophiecat1 03/04/09 - 01:18 pm
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I wonder how many lawsuits

I wonder how many lawsuits will be filed? Maybe Obama can add this to his stimulus plan. He could set aside 7 million for colon probe sterilization.

MyOpinion2
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MyOpinion2 03/04/09 - 02:03 pm
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Sophie, its too bad someone

Sophie, its too bad someone did not sterilize your parents.

areyouserious
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areyouserious 03/04/09 - 02:35 pm
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@myopinon- classic! That was

@myopinon- classic! That was funny!!!!

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 03/04/09 - 03:31 pm
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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 03/04/09 - 04:15 pm
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Since this is the second case

Since this is the second case in the last month of the same type of problems with sterilization technique of endoscopes, it leads you to believe that both of these centers were most likely using the same exact sterilization solvent. Since both Endoscopy centers cite that the chance of disease transmission is near zero, you can bet that somewhere in the world, a couple of people happened to get some sort of intestinal bug or ailment that they couldn't pin point a cause for, the doctor's noted that they just so happened to both of had a recent colonoscopy, and the stories went from there. I would also bet money that both of the local centers were using sterilization solvent that was being used at other institutions, but had not been "approved" by the manufacturers of the sterilization equipment...which, by the way, sell their own solvent that IS recommended, but rather expensive. The reason they were using a different product? Simple...they were CHEAPER to use, and admin told them to buy it to cut operating costs. This whole thing SOUNDS worse than it really is, and is much ado about nothing.

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420Time 03/04/09 - 04:35 pm
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THIS OUTRAGEOUS!!!! How

THIS OUTRAGEOUS!!!! How could something like this happen in COLUMBIA COUNTY w/ it's super demographics and upper-middle class competence. This sort of thing only occurs in Richmond County w/ its poor and working class throw aways. I thought COLUMBIA COUNTY was one step below heaven. WOW.

SouthAugustan
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SouthAugustan 03/04/09 - 04:45 pm
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I have to agree with 420Time!

I have to agree with 420Time!

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stillamazed 03/04/09 - 04:46 pm
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My husband just had the exact

My husband just had the exact same thing ahppen at the VA Medical Center and received a letter stating the same.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 03/04/09 - 04:48 pm
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Why does someone always have

Why does someone always have to make it a county versus county thing, this is people health that has been put at risk here, if you were one of these patients how would you feel, or one of your parents or child? There are some very ignorant posters on here some days.

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up2nogood 03/04/09 - 05:21 pm
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I agree with 5:00. So many

I agree with 5:00. So many people view Columbia Countians as elitists when the truth is three-fourths of the county is still rural and populated by decent, hard-working people. West Lake and Jones Creek does not an entire county make. It would be like me judging all of Augusta based entirely on my impressions of The Hill.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 03/04/09 - 05:28 pm
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Based on what I've read from

Based on what I've read from Columbia County resident posters hailing Columbia County residents as being better than Richmond County's, 420Time is simply reacting with reasonable sarcasm to that ignorant judgment. More than likely this issue isn't just affecting Columbia County anyway.

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Debster 03/04/09 - 06:24 pm
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Folks, I moved to Columbia

Folks, I moved to Columbia County 12 years ago when I got married. My husband and I work just as hard at earning a paycheck as the next person, we work just as diligently at instilling morals and ethics in our children as the next person and we "get by" just like the next person. I'm sick and tired of people pitting Columbia County against Richmond County. Those of us living in Columbia County put our pants on just like our friends in Richmond County do. Please, stop this constant negativity about your neighbors in Columbia County. Division does not make for a harmonious community!

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Just My Opinion 03/04/09 - 08:18 pm
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Well, if anything, this whole

Well, if anything, this whole matter about the so-called contaminated endoscopes in Columbia County AND the ones in Richmond County proves one thing...a butt is a butt, no matter where it's from! LOL!

Pu239
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Pu239 03/04/09 - 10:38 pm
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Just another good reason to
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Just another good reason to not put things where they don't belong! (insert sarcasm here!)

gnx
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gnx 03/04/09 - 10:50 pm
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Thank you Debster! Well

Thank you Debster! Well said. Pu239 - ROFL! Even though this is a serious situation, a little bit of sarcastic humor is always appreciated. :-)

NotyourDadsBuick
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NotyourDadsBuick 03/04/09 - 11:15 pm
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Wow, you guys are some

Wow, you guys are some sympathetic mofo's. What I get from the article has nothing to do with sterilization solution, it has to do with the amount of time permitted for the sterilization process. It was supposed to be done for five minutes but wasn't. I know most of you fancy yourselves to be country lawyers, but we may have some legal liability here folks. The fact that the VP referenced unnamed "authorities" and then couldn't name those authorities when asked suggests he's trying to to do the old soft shoe. You fellers are a bunch of rubes, proving that Columbia County is still full of good ol' country folk willing to believe whatever they're told.

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CoastalDawg 03/06/09 - 11:21 am
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Who knows whether a

Who knows whether a sterilization procedure lasted 30 seconds or 30 minutes? Is there some type of log on the procedures kept in the doctor's office? Trust me, there is a lawyer somewhere already lining up a commercial to run ad infinitum that will declare that your end deserves multiple thousands of dollars because of what MIGHT happen. One call, that's all. Don't sit on this, call now.

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