Hearing to Air VA Mistakes With Hospital Equipment
June 15, 2009
On Tuesday, a congressional panel will hear from top Department of Veterans' Affairs officials concerning the possible exposure of 10,000 veterans to HIV and hepatitis. The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs oversight and investigation subcommittee will discuss mistakes involving improperly sanitized endoscopy equipment at three VA facilities and examine a yet-unreleased report by the agency's inspector general.
When the VA initially learned of the mistake at Murfreesboro, it launched a nationwide safety "step-up" of all of its 153 medical centers. Since then, the problems have been addressed with all VA staff and the equipment's manufacturer, Olympus American. Roe commended the VA for being open and keeping patients and the public informed of the situation.
06.14.2009; Bill Poovey
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