North Carolina Hospital Warns 10 Patients of Infection Risk

May 23, 2012

An Asheville, N.C., hospital is urging 10 patients to be tested for potentially serious viral infections following word that a scope was not properly sterilized in the endoscopy unit.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Mission Hospital issued the alert after the situation was reported by a staff member in late January.

Mission President Jill Hoggard Green said the worker noticed a dark substance on a scope, indicating that the scope had not been properly cleaned. Hoggard Green said there was a special chamber that the technician was not aware of. She said that technician was re-trained. It is not known what the substance was.

Hoggard Green said Mission isn’t aware of any complications for the patients to this point. The hospital is covering the cost of the tests.

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