23 at risk after medical center equipment not properly disinfected

LARGO, MD. (WUSA9) - At least 23 Kaiser Permanente patients are possibly at risk of illness after endoscopy equipment was not thoroughly disinfected, according to statement.

Kaiser Permanente released a statement saying this was an extremely isolated incident and they are contacting all of the patients who may have been affected.

Additionally the statement reads that the physicians believe the risk of illness is minimal. 

Here's the full statement: 

This is an extremely isolated incident. We are reaching out to 23 individuals who visited the endoscopy unit at one care center. Our statement is below. 

We are reaching out to 23 patients to let them know that a piece of endoscopy equipment at our Largo Medical Center had a defect that might have kept it from being thoroughly disinfected. Kaiser Permanente follows nationally recommended protocols for the cleaning and disinfection of all equipment used during procedures to ensure the safety of our patients and that all potentially transmissible infectious agents have been removed. The scope in question was disinfected following the recommended protocols before its use. However, after discovering the defect and conducting subsequent analysis, we determined that we cannot guarantee that the sterilization process was fully effective.

Even though our physicians believe the risk of illness in this situation is minimal, gastroenterologists are contacting the 23 members who underwent a colonoscopy/upper endoscopy at the Largo Endoscopy Unit to explain the situation and ask them to come in for some screening tests. Each member's primary care physician will work closely with them to ensure appropriate care is provided. All potentially affected members will also receive a letter from Kaiser Permanente. Concerned Kaiser Permanente members should call 1-800-777-7904.

At Kaiser Permanente, the health and safety of our members is our absolute top priority. We are reaching out to all potentially impacted members and are committed to ensuring that this does not happen again

 

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