North Florida Patients Informed of Possible Contamination
Published June 17th, 2013
A statement from the North Florida Endoscopy Center that was released today said that a very small number of patients were affected by a mistake made in the disinfecting process of a medical probe.
One of the 12 steps recommended for cleaning a flexible scope was accidentally skipped because of human error.
Infectious disease specialists and medical literature have indicated that the risk of disease transmission is extremely unlikely.
According to one of the letters sent out to patients on May 29th, North Florida has asked that people with the possibility of infection be tested just in case and patients are not being charged for the tests.
Although no reports of illness have come to light, residents are still concerned.
"I would also want to know that the hospital, the directors and everybody involved in changing that and making sure it didn't happen again. And not just by a verbal or by a statement to the press or something like that but actually implementing it."
The Alachua County Health Department has been jointly working with North Florida Endoscopy Center during this process and says they also have not received any calls regarding complications from this incident.
Lauren Lettelier, TV20 News
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