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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 rinsed but not disinfected between procedures. According to the Miami VA, this creates a small risk of infection with viruses Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).  Therefore, they are: Notifying patients who had endoscopies between May 2005 and March 12, 2009 of the risk for infection. Establishing a Special Care Call Center at (305) 575-7256 or 1-877-575-7256 where patients can call with questions or to schedule an