Patients recalled for HIV, Hepatitis tests

6th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

6 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — Nineteen patients have been recalled for HIV and Hepatitis tests after being treated with a dirty endoscope in Leyenburg hospital in The Hague.

6 May 2005

AMSTERDAM — Nineteen patients have been recalled for HIV and Hepatitis tests after being treated with a dirty endoscope in Leyenburg hospital in The Hague.

The hospital said on Friday the endoscope was not properly disinfected because a pump malfunctioned. As a result, the disinfectant did not completely wash through the machine.

The recalled patients all underwent treatment with an endoscopy in the past two weeks at the hospital's stomach, intestinal and liver ward. The endoscope is inserted anally.

A spokeswoman for the Haga Hospital — which includes the Leyenburg unit — said doctors have identified which patients underwent treatment and with which endoscope.

She said the patients will undergo a test for HIV and Hepatitis and that a second final test will be conducted in six months.

The chance that a patient has contracted a viral infection is slight. The risk of an HIV infection is even smaller because the endoscope first underwent a hot rinse, prior to the disinfecting wash.

The AIDS virus probably did not survive the high temperature, but the spokeswoman said the hospital wanted to test the patients for HIV infection to be 100 percent sure.

A couple of similar incidents have occurred in the Netherlands in recent years, but the hospital spokeswoman said no patient has contracted a viral infection via dirty equipment.

She said the Healthcare Inspectorate has been informed.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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