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Miami vets get procedures with unsterile equipment (thousands of colonoscopies)
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/florida/AP/story/964045.html ^

Posted on 03/24/2009 1:08:54 PM PDT by chessplayer

MIAMI -- A Veterans Affairs hospital here has notified thousands of patients that their colonoscopies were performed with improperly sterilized equipment, officials said Monday.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: healthcare; military; va; veterans

1 posted on 03/24/2009 1:08:54 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

And I was pissed when they said I didn’t qualify for care.....

Rectum it damn near killed em....


2 posted on 03/24/2009 1:12:01 PM PDT by usmcobra (Your chances of dying in bed are reduced by getting out of it, but most people still die in bed)
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To: chessplayer

That is disgusting.


3 posted on 03/24/2009 1:12:03 PM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: chessplayer

Isn’t the whole process degrading enough with sterile equipment?

What pain in the...


4 posted on 03/24/2009 1:14:55 PM PDT by Never on my watch (What part of Socialism works and what part of Capitalism doesn't?)
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To: chessplayer
The colon is pretty unsterile environment to begin with. That being said, it is a sad state of affairs for the medical facility to do an invasive procedure without sterilization. And they want the government to reform Health Care? The VA is the government....Lord Help us!
5 posted on 03/24/2009 1:17:13 PM PDT by lula ( If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?)
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To: usmcobra

Rectum it damn near killed em....

........a favorite phrase around here

Bangor?...you bang her, you brought her


6 posted on 03/24/2009 1:17:56 PM PDT by PfluegerFishin
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To: chessplayer

A HUGE number of really bad doctors and nurses end up at the VA. We should get rid of ALL the VA hospitals and give insurance to veterans who have none or veterans with service related injuries/illnesses so they can seek care that is LOCAL to them and with a doctor they know and trust.


7 posted on 03/24/2009 1:20:18 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Socialism is the belief that most people are better off if everyone was equally poor and miserable.)
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To: chessplayer

I wouldn’t want to have the colonoscopy after the guy with the man purse and the sleeveless shirt if you get my drift.


8 posted on 03/24/2009 1:22:12 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: lula

Free Government health care doing for your doctor, what the DMV has done for your car.


9 posted on 03/24/2009 1:22:21 PM PDT by usmcobra (Your chances of dying in bed are reduced by getting out of it, but most people still die in bed)
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To: chessplayer

Govt. run healthcare at its best!


10 posted on 03/24/2009 1:23:33 PM PDT by TheKidster (you can only trust government to grow, consolidate power and infringe upon your liberties.)
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To: chessplayer
Man, this is a big issue! We better put the government in charge of all health care....
11 posted on 03/24/2009 1:25:54 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm SO glad I no longer belong to the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: chessplayer
Barney Frank demands an investigation as to where he can get in line for some.
12 posted on 03/24/2009 1:32:57 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: usmcobra

Aww, sh_t.


13 posted on 03/24/2009 1:35:35 PM PDT by Tennessee_Bob (Save the Hispaniolan Solenodon!)
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To: chessplayer

That’s how the US GOV treats vets...always sticking it to them up the azz!


14 posted on 03/24/2009 1:35:50 PM PDT by Palladin (President Teleprompter pre-empts your viewing pleasure tonight--AGAIN!)
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To: chessplayer

Government health care: It Works!

A friend of mine was being treated at his local VA. He was seriously ill. They would regularly send him home, mis-medicate him, etc. They misdiagnosed him and eventually he died of a curable disease.

That we would treat our veterans so despicably does not bode well for national health care. In this case: nothing is better than something (from government).


15 posted on 03/24/2009 1:36:38 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: Blood of Tyrants; All

I think that is a good idea..


16 posted on 03/24/2009 1:36:59 PM PDT by KevinDavis (No one should question our "Dear Leader"!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

That solution would actually work and have the added benefit of shrinking the size and scope of government.

It will never happen.


17 posted on 03/24/2009 1:37:39 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: PfluegerFishin
Bangor?...you bang her, you brought her

I didn't bring her... she was outside, asking for you...
18 posted on 03/24/2009 1:41:13 PM PDT by SpinnerWebb (mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves)
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To: MeanWestTexan; Revolting cat!

"SMELL MY FINGER!!!"

19 posted on 03/24/2009 1:49:25 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ("I certainly hope he (Bush) doesnÂ’t succeed" - Democratic strategist James Carville 9-11-2001)
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To: lula

I don’t know, I think mine was pretty pristine after going thru the required process (it looked awfully clean in the pictures!)


20 posted on 03/24/2009 1:56:21 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: chessplayer

If having a tube stuck up my rectum is the price I pay for those great drugs they gave me, I’m in.


21 posted on 03/24/2009 2:00:54 PM PDT by yazoo
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To: chessplayer
Federal Emergency Medicine Ageny
22 posted on 03/24/2009 2:24:26 PM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: chessplayer
Ahem. It may not be all bad????

Don't Poo-Poo Technique: Fecal Transplant Can Cure Superbug, Doctors Say

More than 90 per cent of C. difficile patients are cured by fecal transplants, studies suggest

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 | 12:17 PM ET CBC News

A controversial new treatment, which involves the transplantation of human waste, can treat cases of C. difficile infection. But only a handful of physicians in Canada undertake the messy procedure.

Clostridium difficile is a superbug that commonly spreads in hospital settings and has been linked to the deaths of at least 2,000 people in Quebec since 2003, as well as in other provinces.

Though C. difficile can be kept in check by good bacteria in the bowel, problems can arise when the superbug is treated by antibiotics such as vancomycin. The antibiotics sometimes wipe out the good bacteria but fail to completely kill the C. difficile — leaving enough of it that it later flourishes.

[snip]

23 posted on 03/24/2009 2:41:43 PM PDT by blam
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To: chessplayer

Another argument against government-run socialized healthcare.


24 posted on 03/24/2009 2:42:56 PM PDT by TheThinker (Shame and guilt mongering is the Left's favorite tool of control.)
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To: chessplayer
You can't sue the government for inadequate care like you can a private hospital so there's no reason for them to treat you with respect.
25 posted on 03/24/2009 2:45:26 PM PDT by TheThinker (Shame and guilt mongering is the Left's favorite tool of control.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Man, this is a big issue! We better put the government in charge of all health care....

Exactly. We can all get free colonoscopies then.

Lib friend of mine is a physician at a VA hospital. She was amazed to discover that vets are terrific fabulous wonderful people.

I heard from another rabid lib friend who went to Iraq as a translator that US servicemen and women are the best people she'd ever met. She came home 100% behind Bush.

Apparently libs can be converted if they're tossed into the US military zone and actually relate to real Americans.

26 posted on 03/24/2009 2:49:14 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: a fool in paradise

This is appalling mis-treatment of our vets.

Clearly the solution is to put Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and the rest of the ‘Rats in charge of all health care in the country.... then the world.


27 posted on 03/24/2009 2:58:12 PM PDT by Enchante (Of course I want Obama to "fail" in his effort to transform America into a socialist miasma)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
A HUGE number of really bad doctors and nurses end up at the VA.

Let me help you........

A huge number of bad doc's, nurses, and ancillary bedside practitioners are EVERYWHERE!

I could tell you stories...and I've never worked in a VA Hospital...although I have taught in one.

28 posted on 03/24/2009 3:01:32 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators. -Will Rogers)
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To: chessplayer

That is GROSS!!!


29 posted on 03/24/2009 3:10:56 PM PDT by happygrl (BORG: Barack 0bama Resistance Group: we will not be assimilated)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

One of the reasons why, even though I have a service connected disability, I will not use the VA for medical treatment.


30 posted on 03/24/2009 3:11:53 PM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: lula
"...it is a sad state of affairs for the medical facility to do an invasive procedure without sterilization..."

This story was on WIOD-AM radio in Miami. They interviewed an affected Marine who said the sterilization problem had surfaced at a VA hospital in Tennessee also.

31 posted on 03/24/2009 5:39:28 PM PDT by Does so (White House uncomfortable? Sleeplessness? The 0bama will quit before 6 months are up.)
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To: Does so

Perhaps they ARE trying to save on health care costs by getting rid of our Vets.


32 posted on 03/24/2009 5:49:04 PM PDT by lula ( If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?)
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To: chessplayer
Actually that kind of scope is often not sterilized.It is deconed then undergoes high level sanitizing,one level below sterilization.Those scopes are delicate instruments and if they underwent certain forms of sterilization they could be damaged and as long as they come into contact with intact mucus membranes they are, technically, not required to be sterilized.Any Sterile Processing Techs out there?Tell me,do they still use Gluteraldehyde, or have they switched to something else?Even if they didn`t sanitize them,wouldn`t the standard use of washer/sanitizers reduce the risk?Are they used on colonoscopes?
33 posted on 03/24/2009 6:55:53 PM PDT by nomad
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To: chessplayer

Great way to spread AIDS eh? Ah, the quality of Veteran care in a thankless liberal world.


34 posted on 03/25/2009 1:38:33 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: chessplayer

He PROBABLY has acute Hepatitus/AIDS now...as well as rectal leprosy.


35 posted on 03/25/2009 6:04:23 AM PDT by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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