Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Children’s patients may be at risk of infection after colonoscopies
The Seattle Times ^ | 1/22/2014 | Nancy Barttley

Posted on 01/22/2014 9:40:09 PM PST by steve86

More than 100 patients who had colonoscopies between 2011 and 2013 at Seattle Children’s have been advised to be tested for hepatitis B and C and HIV after the hospital discovered special equipment used in the procedures had not been properly cleaned. ... The hospital found that technicians weren’t sufficiently trained on the proper procedures, which led to the scopes being used again before they were ready, DiNuzzo said.

The hospital did not inform patients earlier because officials wanted to do a thorough investigation and not unnecessarily alarm patients, Zerr said.

From July 2011 to 2013, the hospital can't be sure that the technicians were cleaning the colonoscopes in the manner they were supposed to, Zerr said. “These lapses on their own create a small increased risk.’’

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: badmedicine; boatpayment
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-52 next last
Buyer beware.

Pre-Obamacare but this kind of stuff will only get more common as we all know.

I've been refusing these for years. When God sends me cancer I'm outta here.

1 posted on 01/22/2014 9:40:09 PM PST by steve86
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: steve86

I am in complete agreement. As a retired nurse I did medical malpractice consultations for several years. The colonoscopy cases were terrifying!


2 posted on 01/22/2014 9:52:28 PM PST by Bravada (Wherever I Stand, I Stand With Israel!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: steve86

>> The hospital found that technicians weren’t sufficiently trained on the proper procedures

Affirmative action hires?


3 posted on 01/22/2014 10:05:44 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: steve86

Henry Blake: “Here’s looking up your address”


4 posted on 01/22/2014 10:10:30 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: steve86

things not to trust being cleaned properly:

- dentist office equipment
- doctor’s office equipment
- speculums
- colonoscopy endoscopes
- anything in your hotel room
- cutlery at your favorite restaurant
- anything at daycare


5 posted on 01/22/2014 10:33:52 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: steve86

For what reason would a child need a colonoscopy??


6 posted on 01/22/2014 10:42:28 PM PST by varmintman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: varmintman

Not just for polyp/cancer detection.

Used for diagnosis of any abnormal condition of the large bowel and part of the small bowel such as gastrointestinal hemorrhage.

Still, I say no thanks, unless maybe under general. Patients undergoing twilight anesthesia often experience the discomfort of having the colon inflated with air pressure, but don’t remember it due to the short-term memory block.


7 posted on 01/22/2014 11:10:01 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: steve86

And right, I’m going to drink 64 ounces of that crap.


8 posted on 01/22/2014 11:16:55 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: varmintman
For what reason would a child need a colonoscopy??

That was the first thing I thought of too, so I googled it for the answer. I was just unaware of it, but they to it.

9 posted on 01/22/2014 11:19:49 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: steve86
And right, I’m going to drink 64 ounces of that crap.

I did it a few months ago. I could not get the stuff down without crystal light mixed in, but I managed to survive.

10 posted on 01/22/2014 11:26:12 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Mark17

My mother told her doctor she could not drink down 64 oz so he gave her something else that was a smaller amount.

I am due for one and going to ask for the same. I weigh 100 lbs and no way can I get that huge amount down and KEEP it down!


11 posted on 01/22/2014 11:34:31 PM PST by bonfire
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: steve86

Thanks so much for posting this. I wanted to but haven’t learned how to post articles on FR. I am like you, at 57(58 next month) they’re hounding me to get routine colonoscopies, and Ive been resisting.

And Ive also been wondering why are kids getting colonoscopies?


12 posted on 01/22/2014 11:40:40 PM PST by crazycatlady
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: steve86

Thanks. You must be in the medical profession.


13 posted on 01/22/2014 11:42:32 PM PST by crazycatlady
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: bonfire

Definitely find out in advance what’s suitable for your weight.


14 posted on 01/22/2014 11:50:19 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: crazycatlady
they’re hounding me to get routine colonoscopies, and Ive been resisting.

Don't resist. Just do it. The hardest part, is drinking that stuff. They will knock you out, and you won't know a thing. It's easy.

15 posted on 01/23/2014 12:48:27 AM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Mark17

Well, you do have to have somebody escort you home(probably mostly for liability reasons)
Also the fasting and purging preparation sounds pretty bad.


16 posted on 01/23/2014 12:54:21 AM PST by crazycatlady
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: steve86

New Mexico drivers may be at risk of colonoscopy after clenching buttocks.


17 posted on 01/23/2014 1:00:11 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: steve86

And right, I’m going to drink 64 ounces of that crap.

Have to add the bottle of magic dust from the pharmacy to your 64 oz. of Gatorade.

18 posted on 01/23/2014 3:00:13 AM PST by dancusa (Molon Labe)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Bravada

My sister works for a medical malpractice firm that insures doctors. She also would never have a colonoscopy due to the horror stories she’s heard.


19 posted on 01/23/2014 3:08:36 AM PST by MayflowerMadam ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, just wait until it's free." P.J. O'Rourke)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Mark17

Mark, The headline is confusing. “Childrens” is the name of the hospital.


20 posted on 01/23/2014 4:15:26 AM PST by Justa
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: steve86
And right, I’m going to drink 64 ounces of that crap.

No need to. Just eat a couple handfuls of sugar free gummy bears.

21 posted on 01/23/2014 5:00:22 AM PST by Disambiguator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Mark17

I watched my mother die an agonizing death from colon cancer. I’d rather undergo a colonoscopy any day.


22 posted on 01/23/2014 7:55:25 AM PST by Inspectorette
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Justa

thank you for that clarification


23 posted on 01/23/2014 8:17:25 AM PST by ncpatriot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: MayflowerMadam

It’s a cakewalk compared to colon cancer.


24 posted on 01/23/2014 8:20:53 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: varmintman

My son had juvenile polyps, so they did a scope to remove them and check for any signs of cancer. 4.5 years old.


25 posted on 01/23/2014 8:25:01 AM PST by ican'tbelieveit
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: bonfire
My dad died of colon cancer so my wife got me started early.

On Monday I had my 3rd colonoscopy. The cleansing stuff is much better than it was 10 years ago. I had two 6 OZ bottles of Surprep. You take one bottle and mix it with 16oz of water and drink it all, followed by two more 16oz bottles of water over the next two hours. Then you repeat this a few hours before your procedure. It really wasn't too bad and much better than dying of cancer.

26 posted on 01/23/2014 8:52:51 AM PST by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Inspectorette; crazycatlady

I”m sorry for your mother.

Me, no history of any kind of cancer in the family, and the incidence of bowel cancer is about 25 per 100,000 people.

It’s absolutely nuts to undergo any kind of invasive screening with any level of risk with that low incidence. Scam!


27 posted on 01/23/2014 10:04:10 AM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Mark17
They will knock you out, and you won't know a thing.

Not true. You generally know what is going on, often watch the progress on the monitor, experience the discomfort, but don't remember due to the memory-blocking effect of Versed.

28 posted on 01/23/2014 10:08:58 AM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: crazycatlady
they’re hounding me to get routine colonoscopies, and Ive been resisting.

They quit harassing me after I said one time I would immediately dispatch myself if they ever gave me a cancer diagnosis. They haven't even mentioned colonoscopies and prostate exams since.

29 posted on 01/23/2014 10:12:28 AM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: BlueMondaySkipper

Moviprep and Suprep have a long list of contraindications and side effects and patients not infrequently vomit them up and have to cancel the procedure. One sued after becoming dehydrated.


30 posted on 01/23/2014 10:17:33 AM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Justa

Thank you.


31 posted on 01/23/2014 10:26:03 AM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: crazycatlady
The fasting and the purging is not bad any more. The fasting is just a liquid diet that has no red or blue dyes. I find drinking warm jello and broth makes the fasting a snap.

Ask if you can do the magnesium citrate & dulcolax prep. Two pills and a eight ounce bottle of stuff is a lot easier then the gallon o slop prep they used to give you all the time.

Get a pack of Preparation H wipes for clean up.

The one thing you will want to do is make sure you drink as much water as you can as late as you can.

32 posted on 01/23/2014 10:26:38 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Justa; ncpatriot; Mark17
Seattle Children's IS a pediatric hospital. Been there.

This is why the number of affected patients is as low as it is.

Seattle Children's Hospital in Seattle, WA is ranked nationally in 10 pediatric specialties. Seattle Children's Hospital is a 250-bed children's general facility with 11,427 admissions in the most recent year reported.

33 posted on 01/23/2014 10:30:43 AM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: steve86
Trust doctors?

Read what Yehova says first:

Jeremiah 17:

[5] Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
[6] For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
[7] Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
[8] For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

You get what you ask for.

34 posted on 01/23/2014 10:33:05 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AppyPappy; MayflowerMadam

>> “It’s a cakewalk compared to colon cancer.” <<

.
Colon repair surgery due to ruptures caused by colonoscopy, a fairly common event, differs little from colon cancer surgery.
.


35 posted on 01/23/2014 10:36:53 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

Comment #36 Removed by Moderator

To: editor-surveyor

I’ve know far more people that had colon cancer vs people who had a rupture during a colonoscopy.


37 posted on 01/23/2014 10:44:00 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: crazycatlady
I am like you, at 57(58 next month) they’re hounding me to get routine colonoscopies, and Ive been resisting.

Do yourself a favor, and quit resisting. I'll turn 60 in a few months, and had my first colonoscopy last week. As many will say, the toughest part was the prep, i.e. drinking a gallon of less than tasty liquid. I stopped after 3 1/2 litres.

They found a few polyps, all benign. I'll make a return trip in 3 years. Entered the clinic at 8:30, 45 minutes for prep and paperwork, under anesthesia for 45 minutes...one of the best naps I ever had, that was some good stuff! lol

38 posted on 01/23/2014 10:46:19 AM PST by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Secret Agent Man

Don’t forget the top “seat” of the shopping carts, where the little darlings leave pee and stool samples with regularity....


39 posted on 01/23/2014 10:46:30 AM PST by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: steve86
Here's a screenshot of the cleaning crew....


40 posted on 01/23/2014 10:49:32 AM PST by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Night Hides Not

Polyps, that’s what Reagan had.


41 posted on 01/23/2014 11:59:25 AM PST by crazycatlady
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: steve86

It’s part of the University of Washington system, which normally has a good reputation. I’ve been to UWMC, Roosevelt Clinic a d Harborview many times.


42 posted on 01/23/2014 12:02:56 PM PST by crazycatlady
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: steve86

Oh, lawyers.


43 posted on 01/23/2014 12:10:29 PM PST by crazycatlady
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: steve86

What about if the family history of cancer is in a different part of the body? I do get mammograms, but they’re not a big deal.


44 posted on 01/23/2014 12:13:37 PM PST by crazycatlady
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: steve86

I wouldn’t do that—they might be trained to go into a different mode if patient threatens to harm self.

If I were a man I would probably get the prostrate exam. It’s not that different than what some doctors do to women during pelvic exams(you guys thought we got out of it, didnt you?)

But then my grandfather was rumored to have had prostrate cancer. I hate when family members are vague about this stuff, but in the old days there was a stigma associated with cancer.


45 posted on 01/23/2014 12:22:05 PM PST by crazycatlady
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: ican'tbelieveit

Poor little guy. How is he now?


46 posted on 01/23/2014 12:23:32 PM PST by crazycatlady
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: crazycatlady

He is a 24 yo blessing.


47 posted on 01/23/2014 12:47:57 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: crazycatlady
It’s part of the University of Washington system

I didn't know that. So many hospital mergers in the Puget Sound area.

Back in the 80s, when my lunch was generally at the South Campus Center, behind the U.W. Medical Center, and my wife was taking her little girl to Children's, it was completely separate.

48 posted on 01/23/2014 4:24:47 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: crazycatlady
I wouldn’t do that—they might be trained to go into a different mode if patient threatens to harm self.

There wasn't much more they could do. I already spend time in their psychiatric branch, after my training in Neuropsychology.

It’s not that different than what some doctors do to women during pelvic exams(you guys thought we got out of it, didnt you?)

My wife also refuses pap smears and colonoscopies. This is her own decision -- I didn't influence her.

49 posted on 01/23/2014 4:28:34 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: crazycatlady
I do get mammograms, but they’re not a big deal.

Wife also refuses them.

What about if the family history of cancer is in a different part of the body?

Best to talk to an oncologist or at least your PP about that. However, I do know that different types of cancer are related to entirely different clusters of genetic and environmental factors -- incidence correlation between, say, prostate cancer and colon cancer would be negligibly low.

50 posted on 01/23/2014 4:33:46 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-52 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson