VA hospital may have infected 1,800 veterans with HIV

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Mercor, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. (CNN) -- A Missouri VA hospital is under fire because it may have exposed more than 1,800 veterans to life-threatening diseases such as hepatitis and HIV.

    John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis has recently mailed letters to 1,812 veterans telling them they could contract hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) after visiting the medical center for dental work, said Rep. Russ Carnahan.

    The issue stems from a failure to clean dental instruments properly, the hospital told CNN affiliate KSDK.

    Dr. Gina Michael, the association chief of staff at the hospital, told the affiliate that some dental technicians broke protocol by handwashing tools before putting them in cleaning machines.

    The instruments were supposed to only be put in the cleaning machines, Michael said.

    The handwashing started in February 2009 and went on until March of this year, the hospital told KSDK.

    The hospital has set up a special clinic and education centers to help patients who may have been infected. However, Carnahan said he feels more should be done and those responsible should be disciplined.

    This is not the first time this year a hospital has been in hot water for not following proper procedures.

    In June, Palomar Hospital in San Diego, California, has sent certified letters to 3,400 patients who underwent colonoscopy and other similar procedures, informing the patients that there may be a potential of infection from items used and reused in the procedures.

    This happens when you detach direct liability from the provider. Senator Carnahan feels those responsible should be disciplined.

    If this were a private clinic lawyers would be all over them. The employees would be fired immediately. Carahan feels discipline is in order. That must be a relief to next group of Vets that use the clinic.

    Obamacare is this problem 100x's. No liabiltiy.
  2. And how many cases of injury and death due to mal practice occur in private health facilities every year ?

    I also must have missed the part about Obama care sending citizens to the VA hospital
  3. Private insurers and private health facilites will treat Amercans under Obama care,so there is liabiltiy

  4. You are fricking ignorant...
    Please quit wasting my time.
  5. Stop wasting everybody's time by trying to find a connection between a VA mistake and Obamacare dumbass
  6. SAT question.
    Find the most common association between VA care and Obamacare?

    A) Both have Doctors
    B) Both have nurses
    C) both are Government run with no personal employee liability. And that allows employees to clean dental tools in a sink and when people die maybe the union employees might get a write up.
  7. Patient care under Obamacare is not government run dumbass.You buy private health insurance and you go to private healthcare facilities just like medicare patients
  8. Lucrum


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  9. Most people from Mass like it

    Taxpayer watchdogs say it's affordable.

    "There is this widespread assumption, that is treated as fact, that it's breaking the bank in Massachusetts ... it's not breaking the bank at all." said Michael Widmer of Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

    And health care experts say it's popular.

    "Seven in 10 people in the state support the program, and no more than one in 10 would repeal it." said Robert Blendon with the Harvard University School of Public Health.

    Unlike Democratic proposals that would give Americans the choice of joining a government-run health care plan, Massachusetts has no public option. Instead, people in the state are required to buy private insurance, and the poor get subsidies.

  10. Obama care is 95 % Romney care

    Romney care was started by the GOP's runner up for the 2008 nomination and current front runner for the 2012 nomination
    #10     Jul 6, 2010