Skip to comments.Children’s patients may be at risk of infection after colonoscopies
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 Childrens 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 werent 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.
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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.
I am in complete agreement. As a retired nurse I did medical malpractice consultations for several years. The colonoscopy cases were terrifying!
>> The hospital found that technicians werent sufficiently trained on the proper procedures
Affirmative action hires?
Henry Blake: “Here’s looking up your address”
things not to trust being cleaned properly:
- dentist office equipment
- doctor’s office equipment
- colonoscopy endoscopes
- anything in your hotel room
- cutlery at your favorite restaurant
- anything at daycare
For what reason would a child need a colonoscopy??
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.
And right, I’m going to drink 64 ounces of that crap.
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.
I did it a few months ago. I could not get the stuff down without crystal light mixed in, but I managed to survive.
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!
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?
Thanks. You must be in the medical profession.
Definitely find out in advance what’s suitable for your weight.
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.
Well, you do have to have somebody escort you home(probably mostly for liability reasons)
Also the fasting and purging preparation sounds pretty bad.
New Mexico drivers may be at risk of colonoscopy after clenching buttocks.
And right, Im 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.
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.
Mark, The headline is confusing. “Childrens” is the name of the hospital.
No need to. Just eat a couple handfuls of sugar free gummy bears.
I watched my mother die an agonizing death from colon cancer. I’d rather undergo a colonoscopy any day.
thank you for that clarification
It’s a cakewalk compared to colon cancer.
My son had juvenile polyps, so they did a scope to remove them and check for any signs of cancer. 4.5 years old.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read what Yehova says first:
 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
 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.
 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
 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.
>> “Its 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.
The scope can not be sterilized, rather it is sanitized, sort of like washing dishes with some additives.
I had many questions before my procedure. The answer is “trust us”.
The issue is the fiber optic bundle and other channels that are nearly impossible to properly clean as the fiber optics can have microscopic voids and the channels are enclosed.
There are a couple of med device companies working to design and build a disposable scope. Not so easy to do but cheaper than a case of HIV and malpractise.
I’ve know far more people that had colon cancer vs people who had a rupture during a colonoscopy.
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
Don’t forget the top “seat” of the shopping carts, where the little darlings leave pee and stool samples with regularity....
Polyps, that’s what Reagan had.
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.
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.
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.
Poor little guy. How is he now?
He is a 24 yo blessing.
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.
There wasn't much more they could do. I already spend time in their psychiatric branch, after my training in Neuropsychology.
Its 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.
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.