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July 7, 2010

Augusta-VA Patient Exposed to Contaminated Laryngoscope, Sues

This is one to watch, because one of the first reports that caused the massive investigation of contaminated medical equipment start in Augusta-VA because a patient noticed that laryngoscopes were not being properly sterilized. see also VA hospital says sterilization issues fixed, By Russ Bynum – The Associated Press, Posted : Wednesday Aug 26, 2009

Full Article at: VA hospital sued over improperly cleaned tool

The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Jul 7, 2010 11:24:11 EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. — “A patient is suing the Veterans Administration hospital in Augusta for $10 million, saying she contracted hepatitis C from an improperly cleaned instrument.

The patient, Judy Yarzebinski, says in her lawsuit that she had a laryngoscopy to evaluate her for vocal cord paralysis in September 2008 and was later notified by the VA that she might have been exposed to diseases.

She says she tested positive for hepatitis C in February 2009, but because she has a blood disorder she can’t be treated for the condition.”

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