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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Ist Hep C Miami Va

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"After the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs conducted its own investigation at three VA hospitals in 2009, the Administrative Investigation Board discovered that more than 11,000 veterans had been given colonoscopies with unclean equipment. One of those hospitals included the Miami Veterans' Administration hospital. The colonoscopies were performed between 2004 and 2009 and put thousands of veterans at risk of contracting HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B.

So far, 11 lawsuits have been settled out of court in Miami over the emotional stress the incident has caused, but this week, the first medical malpractice lawsuit regarding the incident will go to trial in a Miami federal court. A 69-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran is suing after he discovered that he tested positive for hepatitis C in 2009.

The man had a colonoscopy performed at the Miami VA hospital in 2007.

After the 2009 investigation by the VA, it was discovered that the hospitals were only rinsing the equipment after performing colonoscopies. However, the manufacturer of the equipment clearly stated that the equipment needed to be sterilized by steam and other chemicals after each procedure. The VA's investigation also reported that the Miami hospital had failed to provide adequate training, supervision and communication regarding colonoscopy procedures."

http://www.southfloridapersonalinjurylawblog.com/2011/07/miami-veteran-sues-va-hospital-after-contracting-hepatitis-c.shtml

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You know people should go to jail over something like this because it is so grossly negligent. Doctors and hospitals are always crying about having to carry malpractice insurance. I have been a victim of malpractice by a private doctor and the medical establisment does not give a damn until you hire a lawyer. Most vets don't even believe you can sue the VA.

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Whether it happens in the private sector or a VAMC - this is simply disgusting.

I believe part of the Hippocratic Oath is ,

"Primum non nocere" which means First - Do No Harm.

Could you imagine if they still had to re-use needles like in the days of the past,

these same type of people, (that didn't sterilize the equipment)wouldn't even bother to file the burrs - lol.

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