Improper colonscopy scope cleaning leaves children at risk

More than 100 patients who underwent colonoscopies at Seattle Children's Hospital between 2011 and 2013 could be a risk for infection because of improper cleaning of equipment, the Seattle Times reported.

The 105 patients have been advised to undergo testing for hepatitis B and C and HIV, even though, according to Danielle Zerr, medical director for infection prevention at the hospital, the risk for infection is "very low."

The problem with the cleaning process was noticed in November and affected two auxiliary channel scopes specifically used for children's colonoscopies. An investigation found that technicians weren't sufficiently trained on proper cleaning procedures, which led the scopes to be used again before they were ready, hospital spokeswoman Stacey DiNuzzo said. Article

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