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From: HCVets@aol.com [mailto:HCVets@aol.com]

Sent: Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:09 AM

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Subject: HCVets.com Surveillance Alert-"Warning Letters Issued To Over 10,000 Vets"

HCVets.com Surveillance Report


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Topics: Recent Outbreak of Hepatitis C Transmission Occurring At VA Hospitals & Clinics

New CAVA Ruling Sets Precedence For HCVets' Claims


Groves v. Peake- Vets have waited a long time for this decision.

August 18, 2008. We expect to see mass quantities of "Motions for Reconsideration" of denied appeals, when the precedence setting effects of Groves v. Peake ruling becomes more well known in the Veterans community. Find out if you should re-file or re-open a denied claim.


Medical HCV Transmission- Warning Letters Issued To Over 10,000 Patients-

Feb 13, 2009 CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -Thousands of patients at a Veterans Administration clinic in Tennessee may have been exposed to the infectious body fluids of other patients when they had colonoscopies in recent years, and now VA medical facilities all over the U.S. are reviewing their own procedures.


Feb 14, 2009- Army Times - News -Tenn. VA clinic warns of infection risk - Army News, opinions ...VA officials also said a problem was found with equipment at an ear, nose and throat clinic at the VA medical center in Augusta, Ga., and 1800 veterans have been notified they may have been exposed to infection there. ...


Feb 15 Neighborhood Healthcare Clinics: Hepatitis C can happen to anyone North County Times - Escondido,CA,USA About 20 to 25 percent of people with hepatitis C have no risk factors, so there may be other ways of transmission we don't know about yet. ...



The Tail of Two Valves

MD: Wrong Valve Carries Hepatitis, HIV Risks

February 10, 2009

Reported By Deanna Lambert video.gifWatch This Story

All V.A. Medical Centers Surveyed After Colonoscopy Health Instrument Issue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- ..."We still don't understand how this incorrect valve with the right length tube came into existence," ...After the colonoscopy procedure, some parts are supposed to be thrown away and others reused. ... One is used for patients' procedures; the other is used for cleaning.


Suction valve


AW Valve


Feb 5, 2009

Army medical center gave flawed insulin shots

The Associated Press

Last week’s discovery that injection pens might have been used on multiple diabetics...Following the discovery at WBMAC, an Army-wide review found the same pen model was used in nine facilities. Officials said it also may have been used incorrectly at Fort Polk’s Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital in Louisiana, where 15 or fewer patients were potentially affected.

MORE: This is not the first time for Beaumont blunders...2004- EL PASO, Tx - A Beaumont Army Hospital staff member contracts Hepatitis "c" and now several patients are also infected. Up to 5% of all the patients tested so far have tested positive for Hepatitis "c",...staff member at William Beaumont Army Medical Center had tested positive for Hepatitis "c".


CDC Gets Real!


Nonhospital Health Care–Associated Hepatitis B and C Virus Transmission: United States, 1998–2008

augarrow.gifNicola D. Thompson, PhD, MS; Joseph F. Perz, DrPH, MA; Anne C. Moorman, BSN, MPH; and Scott D. Holmberg, MD, MPH

6 January 2009 | Volume 150 Issue 1 | Pages 33-39

In the United States, transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) from health care exposures has been considered uncommon. However, a review of outbreak information revealed 33 outbreaks in nonhospital health care settings in the past decade: 12 in outpatient clinics, 6 in hemodialysis centers, and 15 in long-term care facilities, resulting in 448 persons acquiring HBV or HCV infection. In each setting, the putative mechanism of infection was patient-to-patient transmission through failure of health care personnel to adhere to fundamental principles of infection control and aseptic technique (for example, reuse of syringes or lancing devices)...these recognized outbreaks indicate a wider and growing problem as health care is increasingly provided in outpatient settings in which infection control training and oversight may be inadequate.




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ATTENTION: News reporter is looking for Gulf War and Irag/Afghanistan vets with Hepatitis C to speak with. If interested in helping with the story, please contact HCVets@aol.com .


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