A Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Wisconsin may have exposed up to 600 veterans to Hepatitis or HIV, WEAU-TV reported.
In the latest scandal to come out of President Barack Obama’s broken VA health care system, patients of a hospital in Tomah, Wisconsin, may have been infected by a dentist who broke infection control procedures.
Acting Medical Center Director Victoria Brahm announced Tuesday that a dentist working at the center was using his own equipment and then cleaning and reusing it on veterans, exposing 592 to possible infection with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV.
VA rules require that doctors use disposable equipment to prevent infection. The veterans who were placed at risk were in the process of being notified.
“It was purposeful that he was violating VA regulations,” Brahm said at a news conference Tuesday, according to McClatchy DC. “During all of the orientation, he used all of our equipment. He used it appropriately, so it was very purposeful from what we found in our investigation that he knew exactly what he was doing, and preferred to use his own equipment against procedure.”
“He brought in his own burrs and cleaned them with Virex solution salt and a wipe, which is nothing we endorse,” she added.
According to WLS-TV, the president-elect of Wisconsin’s dental association says that hadn’t been accepted practice for a while.
“When I first started doing dentistry in 1980, that was considered acceptable, but it really isn’t considered that anyway. The only way to make sure you’ve killed all the bacteria is to put it through a sterilization or an auto-clave,” Dr. David Clemens said.
The dentist in question was originally taken off of patient care and had disciplinary proceedings started against him. On Friday, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that the dentist had resigned.
“Although we cannot prevent the dentist from resigning while administrative actions are pending, we are continuing reporting procedures to the State Licensing Board and the National Practitioner Data Bank,” Brahm said in a statement. “We will not stop doing all we can to ensure those responsible for this serious breach of patient trust are held accountable.”
This is just the latest disgusting scandal to rock the VA under Obama’s administration. Our veterans have gotten some of the shoddiest care imaginable, and that clearly seems to have been the case in Tomah, Wisconsin.
We can only pray that none of these vets have been infected with HIV… and that President-elect Donald Trump can fix this mess before anything similar happens.
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