Patients possibly infected with HIV

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30 August 2007, OSS/VEGHEL – 500 patients of the Bernhoven hospitals in Oss and Veghel have possibly been infected with the HIV virus, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. Because of a technical error in four new disinfection machines at the hospital, tubes used for stomach, lung and intestinal examinations may not have been properly cleaned. The Brabants Dagblad announced this on Thursday.

30 August 2007

OSS/VEGHEL – 500 patients of the Bernhoven hospitals in Oss and Veghel have possibly been infected with the HIV virus, hepatitis B or hepatitis C.
 
Because of a technical error in four new disinfection machines at the hospital, tubes used for stomach, lung and intestinal examinations may not have been properly cleaned. The Brabants Dagblad announced this on Thursday.

The hospital stresses that the error is in the machines and that the hospital is not to blame. Bernhoven is holding supplier Sanamij from Rotterdam liable.

The chance of infection is "extremely slight", says chairman of the executive board at Bernhoven René Peters. "But we would rather be safe than sorry and want to rule out everything." That is why the 500 patients received a letter on Thursday summoning them to the hospital to undergo a blood test.

The hospital will be staying open late in the coming days to accommodate this. Extra personnel will also be on duty. The hospital has informed all GPs in the region and the Healthcare Inspectorate. It will be clear by end of September whether anyone has actually become infected.

Peters says the patients being summoned for tests are 300 people who underwent exploratory examinations in Veghel between 9 July and 27 August, and 200 patients who underwent similar examinations in Oss between 13 August and 28 August. The hospital starting using two new cleaning machines at each location in Veghel and Oss during this time.

On Monday and Tuesday it emerged that the machines have a technical error which prevents the tubes from being properly cleaned. The error was not discovered until now because the machines in Oss and Veghel are the first of their kind in use in the Netherlands. Peters: "Other hospitals, we do not know which, received the same equipment after we did. We do not know what the situation is at those hospitals.

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