Because we support our troops and honor our father and mother SO MUCH in the USA (GOD BLESS the USA!), we treat our veterans like shit. Literally.
Case in point: Instead of properly cleaning colonoscopy equipment, physicians/nurses at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals have been using the same equipment allllllll day long, exposing patients later in the day to bodily fluids from patients earlier in the day (and for all we know, patients from days before).
Now, shock of shocks, patients are popping up with HIV-1 and hepatitis.
Dr. Jim Bagian, the VA’s chief patient safety officer, said the patients won’t be able to prove they were even exposed to endoscopic equipment that wasn’t properly sterilized.
“At this point I don’t think we’ll ever know” how the patients were infected, Bagian said.
Hi Dr. Bagian!
No offense, but you are a lying sack of shit!
I can think of a few ways to figure out whether you infected these people with HIV-1.
1– Easy peasy– did the infected people have appts on the same day? Duh. If they did, sequence their virus, see if it clusters in a tree.
2– You know who received treatment at the same time as the newly infected patients. Test everyone who had treatment several days before (no, I dont believe the equipment was sanitized every day– if you dont do it between patients, you arent going to do it every day because you are a worthless lazy scum). If someone at an earlier time was actually pos and didnt know it, and thus ‘infected’ the new patient, their sequences will cluster.
3– If a known HIV-1(+) person received treatment, and the equipment was not sterilized between patients (omfg if this happened…), again, sequence and do phylogenetic analysis on the new people.
These arent ‘advanced’ ideas.
For some reason I just get the idea that just because its expensive, and it might turn out very, veeeeeery bad for the VA, its not going to be done. Im going to try to hunt down ‘Mike Sheppard’, the guy mentioned as a lawyer for some of the patients…
But at least these veterans are going to get treatment.
“We look at these as our patients,” Bagian said. “We are not going to quibble about ‘Was it caused because you are an IV drug user?’ … Suppose it was drug use. We are still going to treat them anyway.”
Wow, Bagian! You must be a great guy, cause you will even treat DRUG USERS! Veteran drug users (not many of THOSE!) Wow, you dont sound like a complete douchbag at all.