Newspaper article The Canadian Press

35 Calgary-Area Patients Contacted about Possible HIV Exposure during Procedure

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

35 Calgary-Area Patients Contacted about Possible HIV Exposure during Procedure

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Patients contacted about possible HIV exposure

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CALGARY - Alberta Health Services has notified 35 patients who recently had procedures at a Calgary hospital that there is a very low chance they may have been exposed to HIV or another blood-borne illness.

AHS says a problem was found in three of four specialized disinfection endoscope washers and that several small parts, which direct disinfection solution through the endoscopes, were missing.

The surgical scopes are handwashed in cleaning solution by technicians and are then placed in the washer for the final stage in the cleaning and disinfection process.

Officials say they became aware of the situation on Dec. 2 and the three machines were immediately repaired.

They say that the risk of contracting hepatitis B, C or HIV is extremely low for patients who had gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures at Peter Lougheed Centre between Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 is one in a million or less.

All endoscopes were also cleaned again by hand and sent through the repaired disinfection washers and some procedures were postponed that day as a further precaution. …

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