A Veterans Affairs Department's hospital director in Miami has been temporarily reassigned after officials found that 74 colonoscopy patients weren't told they may have been exposed to dirty equipment.
Miami VA hospital shuffle after 74 not alerted
Robert Jesse, the VA principal deputy undersecretary for health, said in a telephone conference call that the 74 patients should have been included when about 2,400 former Miami VA patients were notified in March 2009 to get tests for HIV, hepatitis and other infections.
Jesse called it an “inexcusable situation” that led to reassigning hospital director Mary Berrocal.
Similar equipment problems at VA facilities in Tennessee and Georgia involved 7,500 patients. About 50 patients from the three sites tested positive for infections last year, including eight cases of HIV. The source of the infections isn’t known.
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