New Report Reveals Widespread Problems with Endoscopy Cleaning Procedures at VA

Even after problems were found with how endoscopes were cleaned at three Veterans Administration medical centers earlier this year, surprise inspections found that over half additional VA medical facilities visited could not demonstrate compliance with proper procedures for safely cleaning…  Read More

Colonoscopy Misses Cancers in Medicare Patients

Almost six percent of Medicare patients needed surgery for colon cancer within three years after a negative colonoscopy. A sample of five percent of Medicare enrollees identified 1,567 patients with colon cancer.  Of those 89 or 5.7 percent had had…  Read More

VA Colonoscopy Infection Update: Tennessee Patients Have Hepatitis

Just reported by the Associated Press:  The Veterans Administration has confirmed 10 cases of liver infections among patients who had colonoscopies at the Murfreesboro, TN campus of the Veterans Administration Healthcare System. VA spokeswoman Katie Roberts said Friday that four…  Read More

Improperly Cleaned Endoscopes Raise Infection Risk in VA Facilities

The Miami Veterans Administration Health Care System is notifying 3,260 veterans of a potential health risk from endoscopies performed between May 2004 and March 12, 2009.  While the endoscopes themselves were cleaned and disinfected, an attached section of tubing was…  Read More

ACG Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines

In their new colorectal screening guidelines, the American College of Gastroenterology, says that colonoscopy, beginning at age 50 and performed every 10 years, is the “preferred” screening test for colorectal cancer.  They recommend that physicians first offer this test alone…  Read More