Seattle Children's Hospital incorrectly sterilized equipment; 12,000 families notified

Seattle Children's Hospital is notifying 12,000 families after learning that some surgical equipment at the Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center was incorrectly sterilized, CBS News reports. In a statement to CBS News, the hospital said it recently discovered that required procedures for cleaning and sterilizing surgical instruments at the facilities were not always followed. "As a result, some patients who had a surgical procedure at Bellevue Clinic may need to be tested for hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV," the statement said. Meanwhile, hospital infection preventionists spend more time reporting and collecting data than they do protecting patients from healthcare associated infections, FierceHealthcare reported in June. Article

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