One case of HIV reported from Augusta VA

Friday, April 17, 2009 4:13 PM
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More testing among veterans exposed to improperly sterilized equipment at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center revealed more infections, including an unconfirmed case of HIV.

The Department of Veterans Affairs posted an update Friday on the test results of the patients, who were exposed to endoscopic equipment that was cleaned with the wrong solution. In Augusta, this happened to 1,069 patients treated in the Ear, Nose and Throat clinic between January and November 2008.

At VA hospitals in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and in Miami, the problem stretched back five years and involves nearly 10,000 more patients. The VA said all of those potentially exposed in Augusta have been notified and all but 81 have responded, with 13 declining testing.

The results are back on 783 patients in Augusta, although the VA said it could not be certain of the number tested because some patients may have been tested at other clinics. Of those, 671 have been notified of the results.

In what the VA is calling “unverified positive tests,” there have been one case of hepatitis B, one case of HIV and five cases of hepatitis C among those tested in Augusta. At all three clinics, the testing has turned up three cases of HIV, 19 cases of hepatitis C and six cases of hepatitis B.

“These are not necessarily linked to any endoscopy issues and the evaluation continues,” the VA said in a statement. “We are continuing to notify individuals whose letters have been returned as undeliverable, and working with homeless coordinators to reach veterans with no known home address.”

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Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 04/17/09 - 04:24 pm
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substandard care for the

substandard care for the heroes....how sad.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 04/17/09 - 04:51 pm
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I feel sorry for those people

I feel sorry for those people had tests done with VA equipment. Kind of makes one wonder?????

ginosmommy
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ginosmommy 04/17/09 - 05:10 pm
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Lost my grandfather on Good

Lost my grandfather on Good Friday. He was one of the positive
results. Sad that something so stupid can cost the lives out our heros.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 04/17/09 - 05:33 pm
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"Cleanliness is next to

"Cleanliness is next to Godliness."

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Ode to Augusta 04/17/09 - 07:29 pm
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This is just a tiny preview

This is just a tiny preview of what the quality of government run socialized healthcare is all about.

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Just My Opinion 04/17/09 - 08:35 pm
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ginosmommy..I'm very, very

ginosmommy..I'm very, very sorry about the death of your grandfather. That being said, I hope you are not insinuating that his death was a direct result of what happened. They have not proven that there is a definite correlation between the "cleaning" of the scopes and the infections that these people acquired. And, once again, sorry for the passing of your grandfather.

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mad_max 04/17/09 - 08:52 pm
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Ode to Augusta.....Very

Ode to Augusta.....Very salient point. The VA is a microcosim of a government run healthcare program. Good intentions but government bureaucrats in charge of everything from ordering cleaning supplies to drug formularies based strictly on "cost effectiveness"

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tdp 04/17/09 - 09:36 pm
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Ginosmommy.....Sorry for your

Ginosmommy.....Sorry for your loss. It is a shame this happened in this day & age & heads should roll for this; all the way up to the top. It disgusts me to think that our veterans have suffered because of this incompetence. There is no excuse for it!

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